2016 Sales Dates for Christmas Trees Announced

2016 Sales Dates for Christmas Trees Announced

When: Friday, December 16– 11:00 am -4:00 pm and Saturday, December 17– 9:00 am -4:00 pm (closing when we sell-out)

Established by the Forestry Undergraduate Society (FUS) in 2006, the Christmas Tree Farm has live-potted as well as field-planted trees from over a dozen species. We pride ourselves in growing high quality, no spray Christmas trees using environmentally safe and responsible techniques and methods. All trees are hand-pruned for shape and appeal. Every Christmas Tree at our farm is breathing fresh air and living a happy life.

Vancity’s enviro™ Visa Announces $500,000 Donation to Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

We are grateful and excited to announce that we recently received $500,000 from Vancity’s enviro™ Visa program, the enviroFund™ in support of our proposed food and beverage pilot processing facility – The UBC Farm’s Business and Agri-Food Research Network (or BARN@UBC Farm).

The BARN@UBC Farm will be an integral part of the sustainable food systems living laboratory stewarded by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and will focus on teaching, research and community engagement around environmentally and socially sustainable food systems. We hope that our new facilities will help to develop and support B.C.’s sustainable food and beverage sector.

A big thanks to Vancity enviro™ Visa program, the enviroFund™ and all our partners in working towards a sustainable food system!

No Ordinary Quest at the UBC Farm

For Professor Maja Krzic the UBC Farm is a classroom for her students. Krzic developed the new Forest Humus Forms Quest app for her students to learn about soil and plants at the UBC Farm, believing this hands-on experience can push students towards a whole new level of learning.

CSFS and the UBC Farm featured at the B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Conference

Mon-Tues, November 14-15| Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna, B.C.

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm’s Postdoctoral Researcher Lisa Powell, Professors Sean Smukler and Leonard Foster (UBC Honeybee Genome Project), and close partner of the farm Victoria Wakefield (UBC Purchasing) will be speaking at the B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Conference. We are excited that the keynote speaker will also be a close friend of the farm – Chef Vikram Vij of Vij’s restaurants. Another UBC Farm related exhibit to look out for is the MyGreenSpace App, a gardening startup with many UBC Land and Food system students involved.

More than 35 experts from around North America will be in Kelowna to share their knowledge and opinions about increasing food supply security as part of the Nov. 14-15, 2016, BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference: Growing the Future Together. Click here for the full conference program.

Conference speakers include agri-entrepreneurs and business executives, tech leaders and business developers, distribution and retail companies, government representatives, and research and policy leaders from universities, not-for-profits and research organizations. Each speaker will share their expertise and personal insight on the role they and others can play in strengthening food supply security. Topics being presented at the conference include agritech, climate change, e-commerce, sector development, succession planning and urban agriculture. A full list of speakers follows in the backgrounder.

The conference will also play host to an exhibitor showcase where B.C. companies using new production practices and technology will highlight their successes and innovation, as well as the opportunity for B.C. food producers to meet with leading B.C. retailers and distributors who are actively sourcing local food and are interested in strengthening their local suppliers’ network.

British Columbia has one of the most-diverse agrifood and seafood industries in Canada, producing more than 200 agriculture commodities on the land and 100 in the water. Sales of B.C. agrifood products topped $13 billion for the first time in 2015 as the momentum builds toward the B.C. government’s goal of growing the sector to a $15-billion-a-year industry by 2020.

Spring Break Camps Now Open For Registration

Register now for our Spring Break Camps. 9-4pm March 13 – 17 and March 20 – 24.

Relax as your little ones discover the farm with us and learn how to grow. Plant, cook, and explore the start of the season so you can plant a garden at school or home! Watch the farm, the forest, the plants and the wildlife come alive as spring arrives on the Farm. Start seedlings to bring home and enjoy.

UBC Thunderjacks Open House at the UBC Farm

We are incredibly excited to announce a thunderous new presence at the UBC Farm – The UBC Thunderjacks. The women and men here represent UBC at international collegiate logger sport competitions, where they throw axes, saw giant logs and honour BC forestry traditions. They will be hosting the open house of their practice on the 28th of November! Come watch them in action, chopping, sawing and axe-throwing! We think you will be very excited to meet the gutsy young women and men who sweat to build this initiative. See you at their grand opening ceremony at the end of this month!

2016 Winter Market Dates Announced

For the first time we are extending our market season into the winter months! Now fresh UBC Farm eggs will be available at all our markets on campus and there are ample amounts of squashes, greens, kales, beets, herbs and fun for everyone. Use our calendar to keep track of when our opening hours are and taste the season with us. Cheers to beautiful, local, seasonal food!

Winter Workshop Dec 14th: Holiday Canning

Impress your friends with home made holiday gifts. Learn to make delicious preserves to give to your friends and family. During the class three recipes (Chocolate Raspberry Sauce; Cranberry Apple Jam; and Red Pepper Garlic Jelly) will be demonstrated. Participants will be able to take home the recipes, and sample jars from two of the recipes. Participants will also receive Bernardin cloth bags.

Join the UBC Farm Bird Surveys – Vancouver Natural History Society

Every third Sunday of each month for over a decade, the Vancouver Natural History Society has recorded bird species observed at the UBC Farm. We welcome people with all levels of birding knowledge to join in the bird survey at the UBC Farm. All that is required is an interest in birds! Bring binoculars if you have them. The number of bird species observed over the past ten years of surveys is close to one hundred species.

UBC Farm’s Organic Certification

Learn all about the joys and challenges in organic certification. Why did we decide to do it? How does it affect our research fields? What about our chickens? Find all the answers here.