Fall Fair at UBC Farm

Fall Fair at UBC Farm

Come join us at our Fall Fair on Saturday, September 16 — at our Saturday Farmers Market — for a celebration of the harvest with live music, a pie tasting competition with celebrity judges, and over 20 different vendors selling produce, fruit, ice cream, baked goods, hot food, beverages, and more!

Gastón Gordillo, Jan. 31, 12:30pm: “The Imperial Metropolis: the Infrastructure of the Soy Supply Chain in South America”

Gaston Gordillo, UBC Anthropology. January 31st, 12:30-1:30pm. The Imperial Metropolis: the Infrastructure of the Soy Supply Chain in South America.

Michael Winter, March 28, 12:30pm: “Sustainable Intensification in Policy and Practice: The UK Story”

Michael Winter, University of Exeter, CSFS visiting scholar.

March 28th, 12:30-1:30pm.

More information on Michael Winter can be found here.

Yiching Song, Sept. 6th, 12:00pm: “Seed Saving, Participatory Plant Breeding, and Community Supported Agriculture: multi-actor innovation platforms to support small scale farming in Southwest China”

You are invited to the UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series: a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across UBC and North America to engage audiences with the Global Food System.

Yiching Song: “Forming Multi-actor innovation platforms and supporting small holding farmers through participatory plant breeding”


Dr. Yiching Song, obtained her Ph.D in rural sociology and rural development in Wageningen University, in the Netherlands in 1998. Since 2000, she has been a senior research fellow in the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Chinese Academy of Science. She is also a lecture professor of the College of Humanity and Development of China Agricultural University and also hold the same position in Jilin Agricultural University. She has been appointed as a visiting senior research fellow in the China Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (CCIPA), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science. Her research focus on sustainable agricultural and rural development policies in China covering a range of several related areas like agricultural research and extension, biodiversity and related IPR and ABS issues, rural community based development and farmer organization, gender and related social issues etc. Her main research methodology is participatory action research and she is leading an participatory action research program under the CCAP. For details please visit www.parinchina.org.

Decolonizing Research Methods Workshop: Thurs. Sept 14, 3pm-5:30pm

Join the Food Systems Network for this Future of Food Global Dialogue Series workshop on Decolonizing Research Methods (DRM), beginning with an introduction from Dr. Nora Angeles, Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning.

Hiring Student Positions for Fall

We have posted four positions for the fall. Work learn eligibility is required, click here for more information.

On-Campus Food Systems Resources


Roots on the Roof

  • Established 2015, this AMS Club, rooftop garden and social space is located at the Nest at UBC. RotR hosts a number of student opportunities and community events, as well as CSA memberships and community garden beds.

Orchard Garden

  • Established 2007, this garden is located at UBC Totem Field. This garden has a long and storied history at UBC. Part of the UBC Cultivating Learning network, they offer Community Field Experience placement to teacher candidates, and other research and teaching opportunities.

Agronomy Garden

  • Established 2017, this garden is located at the corner of Main Mall and Agronomy road at UBC. This is a student run community garden and social space.

Agora Café

  • Established 2005, this volunteer run café is located in the lower level of H.R. MacMillan building on UBC campus. It is open during the school year, with a goal to provide affordable, nutritious meals, while promoting the values of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and UBC’s goals of sustainability.

Sprouts Café

  • Established 1997, this volunteer run student café and sustainability initiative offers many opportunities to students. The permanent Sprouts Cafe, located in the Old SUB/Life building, is under renovations and set to open April 2018. The other cafe, Seedlings, remains open in the Thea Koerner House. Both cafes allow students to volunteer, preparing and serving up affordable local food. Other Sprouts initiatives include Community Eats, a by-donation, vegetarian, community lunch program; workshops; a bulk buying club, and a CSA.

UNA Community Gardens

  • Established 2008, these community garden are located at the Hawthorn Place, Rhododendron Woods and Nobel Park residences at UBC. UBC residents and members of the University Neighborhoods Association can apply for a garden plot.

UBC Farm Audio Tour

  • This tour is perfect if you want to explore the farm on your own accord! The UBC Farm is open from 9-5 for you to explore. Although it is a few years old, this tour provides a wealth of guidance and knowledge. If you would like more up-to-the-minute updates on all of our initiatives, attend a guided tour at our Saturday market or book a tour here.

Cultivating Learning Network

  • This network of learning gardens at UBC works closely with the Faculty of Education. Sites include the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project at UBC Farm, Orchard Garden, and Roots on the Roof. The goal of CLN is to help teachers to use garden settings to teach across the curriculum.

UBC Sustainability

  • UBC’s commitment to sustainability has received many awards and worldwide recognition. Their student resources include the SEEDS research program, course lists, program lists, and more opportunities to see how UBC has worked to integrate sustainability into every faculty.

SEEDS Program

  • SEEDS Sustainability Program provides students the opportunity to earn course credit, develop professional skills, gain first-hand work experience, and advance UBC’s sustainability goals. Browse all past SEEDS projects in the SEEDS Sustainability Library.

AMS Sustainability

  • The AMS Student Society of UBC’s sustainability office works with the university to create and achieve sustainability related goals. The Sustainability Projects Fund provides grants to student projects that are sustainability related.

UBC Food Services

  • An essential part of any university, UBC’s in-house food service delivers thousands of meals in a way that reduces waste on campus, supports our local producers, and creates a more sustainable campus food system. Learn more about UBC Sustainable Food initiatives, and explore our campus food system.

Other UBC Clubs Related to Food Systems:

BrUBC – Brewing Club
Common Energy
Oxfam UBC
UBC Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals
UBC Cooking Club
UBC Environmental Policy Club
UBC Meal Exchange
UBC Nutrikids
UBC Food Society
UBC Student Environment Group
UBC Student Sustainability Council
UBC Sustainability Collective


Off-Campus Food Systems Resources

Updated August 2017