Last Saturday UBC Farmers' Market of 2016: Oct 29

Last Saturday UBC Farmers’ Market of 2016: Oct 29

Thank you all for an amazing season full of community spirit. This is a reminder that our final Saturday market of the 2016 growing season will be on October 29, 9am-1pm.

This year we plan to continue the smaller, Tuesday market and Wednesday UBC bookstore market stall for as long as we have vegetables to harvest. Stay tuned to our events calendar or subscribe to our newsletter for the most updated schedules.

Final Workshop of the Fall Season: Knitting It Together

Thank you for selling out our season of workshops, be quick to register a spot in our final workshop of the season with Eliana Macdonald and learn how to knit with us! Topics covered will include: materials, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, casting off, how to read a pattern, and creating a gauge swatch.

Nov 10 | Simran Sethi – “Saving by Savoring: The Delicious Reclamation of Foods We Love”

What do the stories of chocolate, bread and wine industries tell us about our endangered foods? Meet Simran Sethi – acclaimed author, journalist, educator and creator of ‘The Slow Melt’ podcast. Join us Thursday, November 10. Brought to you by the  UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series is a collaboration with UBC Reads Sustainability.

You Are Invited: Tu’wusht Project Harvest Feast

You are invited to join Tu’wusht for a harvest festival this Tuesday. Everyone is welcome! Come out for delicious food (salmon!) and a beautiful gathering to celebrate the end of the season.

2017 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Deadline Reminder: Apply by October 17!

The UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is an eight month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The application deadline is 11:59pm on October 17, 2016.

Dr. Nancy Turner | The Old Food is the New Food: Indigenous Plant Management Systems of BC First Peoples

Thank you for selling out our first event! We continue the 2016/17 UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series with Dr. Nancy Turner on the topic of Indigenous Plant Management Systems of BC First Peoples. Join us Friday, October 28.

Poplar Grove Ceremony

UBC Farm Celebrates The Naming Ceremony of xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Gardens

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On October 3, 2016 the Indigenous Health and Research Education Gardens at the UBC Farm was given a new Musqueam name: xʷc̓ic̓əsəm – which means ‘place of growing’ in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.

A sculpture, named the Thunder Child by Algonquin artist David Robinson was raised. A marking stone was dressed with ochre and eagle down. We are delighted that the UBC Farm community came together to witness this historic day. It was a momentous day for everyone to recognize the meaningful programs and activities in this space. Long on unceded ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory, these lands have always been a place of learning, community and healing.

“We are honoured and grateful to the Musqueam to live, work and learn in their traditional territories. For me the significance of the ceremony that took place, is a reflection of the good intentions, purpose and relations between UBC and Musqueam people.” said Eduardo Jovel, Director of Indigenous Research Partnerships. “It’s about learning to be respectful of the land and the place. It’s about the ways we develop meaningful relationships to the land and enhance land-based teaching and pedagogies.”

The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden (IHREG) has been based at the farm since 2007, and until 2013 was overseen by the former Institute for Aboriginal Health. Today, as part of the Indigenous Research Partnerships within UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the IHREG emphasises teaching, learning, and research.

It aims to serve educational and research needs related to Indigenous food sovereignty while increasing participants’ knowledge and access to both traditional and non-traditional plants. As with the other Indigenous programs at the UBC Farm, the IHREG is guided by the principle that ‘food is medicine,’ and thus that a holistic understanding of health and healing includes the food that people eat. The Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden grows over 40 varieties of medicinal plants that are native to the region. These are cared for and used by the Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-keepers who lead medicine-making workshops and walks in the Garden with the community.

In addition to its international, community-based research, the IHREG supports the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness program brings urban Indigenous and recent immigrant youth to the Garden from March to October. To find out more about the program, view the program booklet and watch the CRUW promotional videos and the CRUW video from SPARC BC on Vimeo.

For updates about the garden’s programs and ways to get involved, sign up for the newsletter here.

Click here to learn more about our Indigenous Programs at the UBC Farm.

Click here to read the CBC coverage of the event.

You Are Invited: Traditional Naming and Pole Raising Ceremony

The Indigenous Research Partnerships in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems cordially invites you to attend a Pole Raising and Traditional Naming Ceremony of the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden at the UBC Farm. We are honoured to host this historical day in unceded Musqueam Territory. Everyone is welcome. 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3rd.

Event Venues at the UBC Farm: Grove Longtable