What is the UBC Farm?
The UBC Farm is a 24-ha integrated production farm situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest that comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, teaching gardens, and forest stands. The UBC Farm grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The farm also features honey bee hives and egg laying, open pasture hens.
Is everything organic?
All produce is grown according to British Columbia Certified Organic Management Standards. However, the UBC Farm does not have organic certification. Soil stewardship is maintained through cover cropping and the use of compost, weeds are managed through hand or mechanical cultivation, and the farm aims to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial insects to keep pest populations in check.
Are there animals on the farm?
The farm maintains seasonal flocks of free-range laying hens that are integrated into the farm’s crop rotation and are part of a number of research projects. Honeybee hives are also maintained on site. The UBC Farm was also pleased to host two Belted Galloway cattle during part of the 2010 and 2011 growing seasons. As the farm develops, there is an intention to hope to incorporate more domestic livestock on a small scale as part of an integrated, model sustainable agricultural system. Beyond domestic livestock, however, the farm teems with wildlife. By actively managing a diversity of habitat types with a strong emphasis on biodiversity and agroforestry, the farm supports an amazing population of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, as well as small and large mammals.