UBC Farm U-pick Pumpkin Pile is Back!

UBC Farm U-pick Pumpkin Pile is Back!

It’s that time of year again, time for squash, pumpkins, pies, and jack-o-lanterns. Stock up on all your pumpkin needs at the UBC Farm! We have many varieties and sizes of pumpkins available – some are great for baking, while others are perfect for carving. Piles are sorted by size and price, and are located next to the Harvest Hut. Please bring exact change, pumpkins range from $5,$10, $15, and $20. Available during our open hours Monday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm.

Dr. Manulani Aluli-Meyer | Indigenous, Continuity and Food: A Mo`o Vision from Hawaii

We are kicking off the 2016/17 UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series with Dr. Manulani Aluli-Meyer on the topic of Indigenous, Continuity and Food: A Mo`o Vision from Hawaii, Friday, October 14.

New UBC President Dr. Santa Ono visits the UBC Farm!

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New UBC President Dr. Santa Ono and his family visited the UBC Farm this past Friday. It was an incredibly fun afternoon for all students and staff who were harvesting at the time, and a great opportunity to showcase our groundbreaking research, abundant organic produce and the vital role of community at the farm. (Pictured from left to right: Dr. Hannah Wittman, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems; Dr. Santa Ono, UBC President and Vice-chancellor; Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Wendy Yip)

Feeding Growth: Registration now open – Scale Your Progressive Food Business

Are you a progressive local food business looking to scale your enterprise? Connect with local leaders in your sector for real world advice and support building your brand, scaling manufacturing, expanding distribution & accessing financing. Series starts Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 24. Secure your spot today.

UBC FarmDiscovery School and Children’s Group Visits | Fall Registration Open

We excited to announce that registration for our school and children’s (under 18) FarmDiscovery tours is now open for the coming fall season. Teachers and group leaders can now login to the children’s program website and book their desired dates for a guided visit of the UBC Farm. Dates book up quickly each year, be quick to get in touch!

UBC Farm Private Event Venues Now Booking for 2017

Host a stunning rustic farm wedding, long table dinner or outdoor barbeque party right in the city at the UBC Farm. The farm hosts a wide range of venues that you can book for public festivals, private occasions. People from around the world have come through the farm as guests to weddings, conferences, long table dinners, picnics, birthday parties, BBQs, corporate parties, engagement photo shoots, reunions, field dinners, music and sports events, meetings and retreats, bonfires, outdoor movie screenings, and more.

UBC Farm Fall Workshop Series

Registration is now open for the our fall workshop series. Join us for wild foraging, cooking, seed saving and more!

Apply now to join the 2017 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

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.

Good Soil, Good Humans

We are honoured to share “Good Soil, Good Humans,” a beautiful UBC feature story focusing on UBC Farm’s past, present, and future. We invite you to take 10 minutes to watch this captivating piece and explore the farm story collection.

Farmers’ Markets and Rain: Don’t be a fair weather market shopper.

Rain is forecasted for our farm market this Saturday. Likely, you have already heard this, and we are not giving you breaking news. So why are we telling you this?

The long story short. Please come out and support us…even in the rain. We will be here selling produce, rain or shine. So don your raingear, open your umbrellas, and join us. Don’t be a fair weather market shopper.

The long story long, keep reading.

Like many environmental factors, rain is both positive and negative for farmers. This is not the time or place to go into all the positive and negatives, some of which we’re sure you already know. But we do want to let you know that rain does not stop the produce from growing. And if the produce is growing we have to harvest it. And if we have to harvest it, there is produce to sell…rain or not. We can’t simply leave it in the field and save it for next week. Unfortunately, a forecasted rainy Saturday market (whether it does in fact rain or not) often sees less than half of its customer volume. This is a significant financial loss for farmers and other market vendors. Now we know you need food regardless of whether it is raining or not. So take your support for local food to the next level. Please come out and support us…even in the rain.

Now there’s the plea…if it is in fact raining when you wake up. But we also want to introduce you to the mysteries and joys of microclimates, and specifically to those at the UBC Farm. When you see 10 mm of rain forecasted in the weather report, it has been generalized across the greater Vancouver area. However, if the forecast were specific to certain locations it would be significantly different. On average the Southern Gulf Islands receive half the rainfall that Vancouver airport receives. And on average the Vancouver airport receives half the rainfall that North Vancouver receives. Significant differences. If one were to place UBC Farm on the rainfall continuum of greater Vancouver, it would fall on the dryer side. Farm staff often commute through the Vancouver rain to find UBC Farm dry and pleasant. So if you wake up on Saturday morning and it’s raining over your house, come to the market and experience UBC Farm’s microclimate. Disclaimer! Don’t leave your rainy residence and plan for a pleasant picnic with farm fresh produce at UBC Farm because we told you it would be sunny. Still bring your raingear and umbrellas. Even at the garden paradise of UBC Farm, it does in fact rain…just not as much it does at your house.