The Future of Food Global Dialogues Presents Dr. Craig Borowiak: Mapping Community Gardens in a Divided City.

The Future of Food Global Dialogues Presents Dr. Craig Borowiak: Mapping Community Gardens in a Divided City.

Join us on February 17th at the Liu Institute for Global Issues where Dr. Craig Borowiak will discuss how urban agriculture fits within larger solidarity economies and post-capitalist politics in the U.S. The talk will include findings from an initiative to create a comprehensive inventory of community gardens in Philadelphia and to map them against racial and class variables as well as land-ownership patterns.

Intern Profile: Sigbrit Jaccard Søchting

Internship: Biodiversity and Perennial Crops
Supervisor: Mel Sylvestre

I am a 5th year student in the Global Resource Systems program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems with a specialization in Global Health.

For me, global health is unfortunately a very economic and political issue. Helping to achieve equity in health for all people worldwide is one of my goals and I want to achieve that not only through medicine or food but by encompassing political, economic and social aspects of well-being as well.

Interning at UBC Farm showed me how food and sustainability are integral to good health which made me see the UBC Farm as a home of solutions for local challenges that can eventually lead to global changes.

What was your internship about?

Through my internship, I had the chance to work on many different tasks. I worked with various projects encompassing all aspects of perennial crops and herbs (strawberries, blueberries, flower fields, hop yard, herb garden, etc). We also did research trials looking at which crops grew best, so growing different varieties of crops to see which ones had the best outcomes, all to help farmers across BC.

The Seed Saving Project was one of the tasks that I could label as my own role. The Seed Saving Project involves seed germination tests to determine the viability of the seeds that UBC Farm sells. In two months, I was able to learn and take on the project with minimal supervision. Having one large focus allowed me to improve significantly in that part of the discipline. However, taking on other smaller tasks enabled me to become familiar with all aspects in a broader way. It is good to have a focus, like a particular project to hand in at the end of the internship, but at the same time I liked helping with whichever project was happening that day. It was nice to get to know every little piece of the whole system.

What was something that surprised you the most during your internship?

The most surprising aspect of my internship was finding out how everyone came from different backgrounds. I first pictured the Farm as everyone being an expert farmer, but as I encountered many students, researchers, and other members of CSFS throughout my internship, I saw how they all had their own stories and came from different angles and different lenses.

I see the farm as a very inclusive environment that allows everyone to be involved in some way. Interns or newly graduates may tend to look for jobs that fit their qualifications perfectly, but the Farm is a place for learning and improvements and you don’t necessarily need any specific expertise. You could know nothing and still be able to help and be a part of it.

What intrigues you about the food system?

The linkage between food and urbanization is an intriguing concept for me and it is why I find the UBC Farm quite interesting. I like how the Farm embodies this intersection and is able to bridge these two concepts fully. It is hard to envision a good food system and there are a lot of things that are not going so right. UBC Farm shows us a path to know what we need to work on and how we can have good food systems in cities. My interest in urban farming is what led me to apply for this internship as well as to gain hands-on farming experience.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by reading about different places and times. It is how I connect and learn to think about the world. Interning at the Farm gave me a chance to appreciate the importance of learning once again. You never are done learning and especially with farming and food. There is so much you don’t know, like different ways of farming, different cultures and techniques. And it’s constantly growing.

I viewed my supervisor, Mel Sylvestre, as an expert throughout my internship but even Mel feels that there is so much to learn and never an end to it. Being part of a community that grows every day, and part of a land that is always changing, showed me how learning needs to be continuous at all times.

What is your favourite crop that grows at the Farm?

Sunflowers. When they are almost 3 metres tall, they look beautiful.


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Summer Camps Now Open For Registration

Spots are already filling up for our summer camp! Explore, run, draw and create in our beautiful Children’s Learning Garden; observe beehives and in-season crops on “field trips” around the farm. The theme of each of our one-week camps will be learned through a variety of exciting recreational activities, crafts and hands-on experiences. All camps will include forest adventures, planting, eco-crafts, popsicle making, and (of course) a chance to harvest, cook and eat fresh garden produce!

Student Internship applications are now open, apply today!

The LFS Career Development Internship (LFS 496) prepares UBC students professionally and academically for future careers through a mentored learning experience with a real food business or organization. Students apply the theory they gain from class through on-the-ground food system-related work and through course assignments that support their practical learning. Gain work experience for credit!

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March 18: Growing Worker Power – Innovative Organizing Across the Food System

Dr Preibisch was a tireless advocate for migrant workers, who are central to the Canadian and global food system. She passed away one year ago. Join us at Growing Worker Power: a day long symposium to honour her work. Learn about research and stories of hope that describe how precarious workers in agriculture, food processing and restaurants have struggled for workplace power through creative forms of collective organizing. Hosted by SFU School for International Studies

Applications open for vendors at UBC Farm 2017 Saturday Markets

Do you grow, bake, make or provide a service that you want to share with our engaged, dedicated, and growing community of shoppers and vendors at our multi-vendor Saturday Market? Our market offers great opportunities for new and returning vendors with low fees, promotional support, ease of access, and an unparalleled market experience on a beautiful farm setting in the city. Application information is available in our 2017 Vendor Guide and you can learn more about our Saturday Market here.

Hiring: Urban Farmers Assistant

Application deadline: January 22, 2017 Do you love growing food? Do you love volunteers? Do you like connecting people in the fields? Join the UBC Farm family. We are hiring an Urban Farmers Assistant for the 2017 growing season (Full-time April-October). 

Save your Shopping for Jan 11th: Whole Foods Market Fundraiser for the UBC Farm

We are very excited to announce that next week on January 11th, 2017 Whole Foods Market Vancouver will be generously donating 5% of their daily net sales to the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm!

All day long on January 11th your purchases at any Whole Foods Vancouver location will go towards supporting the amazing innovative food systems research and community programming taking place at the UBC Farm. So, be sure to save your grocery shopping for this special community giving day, and enjoy the added benefits of supporting the UBC Farm while stocking up on beautiful groceries.

Farm staff and volunteers will be on hand at Whole Foods Vancouver locations to greet everyone, answer questions about the Farm and thank you for your support.

We hope to see you there!