The 2013 CSA Program is now accepting applications! If you are interested in participating in our CSA program, please review our 2013 CSA Program Overview document for a summary of the background, application process, rates, FAQs, etc. To apply, please fill in our online application by April 30th. If accepted, we will be in touch by May 3rd. We are excited to share another beautiful growing season with our CSA members.
The UBC Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides members of the campus and broader community with a weekly box of fresh, organic produce from the UBC Farm. The CSA program also allows students to learn firsthand about this innovative production and marketing system.
What is a CSA Program?
It is a partnership in which members pre-pay in the spring to receive a weekly box of produce throughout the growing season. CSAs are one of the fastest growing forms of direct marketing in North America. They help farmers by providing income early in the season when startup costs are high and by guaranteeing a market for the farmers’ produce. Members benefit by receiving a regular supply of fresh, nutritious produce, learning what can be grown seasonally in their region, and by becoming more connected with the people who grow their food.
Why did the UBC Farm start a CSA Program?
Our CSA program is one of the marketing outlets for produce grown at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. The UBC Farm provides a unique experiential learning environment that directly benefits more than 3,500 UBC students each year. As part of a functioning, production-scale farm, our CSA provides an example of one marketing strategy farmers are using to achieve economic viability. Who can participate? The CSA program is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. There were a total of 45 memberships available in 2012.
Inspired by the success of other student-driven CSA initiatives at universities such as UC Santa Cruz and Michigan State University, the UBC Farm CSA program provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for staff, students, and volunteers. The diversity of crops and management strategies used at the UBC Farm provides fertile ground for student and faculty research into low-input and environmentally sound agricultural techniques. The CSA also helps to fulfill the farm’s goal of engaging the wider community in its food production system. Involvement in the CSA program is an opportunity to follow the season in the pacific northwest and to taste a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are suited to the local climate and growing conditions. You may be surprised by what can be grown here!
May 10, 2013 On Sunday, June 30th, 2013, sixteen home cooks of different ethnic backgrounds offer you tastes of their family comfort foods at the third annual Joy of Feeding UBC Farm fundraiser! Click here for more information.
April 29, 2013 The UBC Farm is hiring a Sales Coordinator. Please see the current openings page for more information about this opportunity.
April 23, 2013 The UBC Farm is now open our regular Spring/Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
April 8, 2013 The Saturday Farm Market vendor application is now open! Please see the vendors page on our website and review the 2013 Vendor Information for more details on this unique opportunity! Markets begin in June.
April 3, 2013 From April through June, the Thursday SpringFarmer after school program will teach kids about plants, food and fun! It is an unparalleled opportunity for kids to observe the farm wake up and transform over the seasonal shift. Visit the FarmWonders website for more information and to register. Late registration welcome!
February 28, 2013 FarmWonders SPRING and SUMMER program registration are open! Visit the FarmWonders website for more information and to register.
November 1, 2012 The UBC Farm will be taking a hiatus from booking high-impact weddings for the 2013 season. Although we enjoy welcoming a diversity of events to the Farm, due to the extended coordination involved with weddings we will only be considering bookings for low-impact ceremonies in 2013. Rental requests for other types of events are also welcome, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more details please see our private events page.
September 12, 2012 Check out our new audio tour! Get to know the farm and enjoy 13 stories narrated by farm staff and volunteers. Visit the Farm Centre to get a map and borrow an audio device during our open hours Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
June 20, 2012 Gray Ave has now been paved. For access to the UBC Farm during construction on South Campus, please see this Google map.