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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is a research centre and local-to-global food hub working towards a more sustainable, food-secure future.

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Important Changes to our Programs During COVID-19

UBC Farm Markets are now closed for the season. We will be running COVID-safe markets when the season starts again in June. Find out more about our safety precautions at our market page. Read our full safety plan here.

Reesearch activities at the UBC Farm are continuing for those projects with approved COVID-19 UBC-Farm Field Work Safety Plans. For more information please check the COVID-19 UBC-Farm Research Resumption Plan.

If you have any questions please reach out to us: ubcfarm.research@ubc.ca.

Online workshops are going strong! Be sure to check them out and register here. In-person workshops are still suspended.

Join us for upcoming webinars and explore our past webinars on building a resilient food system during and beyond COVID.

If you have any questions please reach out to us: ubcfarm.workshops@ubc.ca.

Notice regarding COVID-19: Feb. 5, 2021 - In person gatherings are currently restricted. To read the full order, click here: Province-wide Restrictions. The current order permits weddings with 10 participants or less - contact us at ubcfarm.events@ubc.ca

Virtual and in-person tours are now available! If you are interested in an in-person tour (max 15 participants), or virtual tour via Zoom for your class or community group, please visit our Bookings page for details.

Event and venue booking is now available upon request. Please visit Bookings for details.

If you have any questions please reach out to us: ubcfarm.events@ubc.ca.

In 2021, our FarmWonders camps are being run in partnership with UBC Camps. Find out more about the "Nature Explorers" camps with UBC Camps. Other Children's Programming, such as field trips and birthday parties, are still suspended.

Please reach out to us if you have any concerns at farm.team@ubc.ca.

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Image of Kip, a three-legged coyote.

CTV and Vancouver is Awesome: Meet Kip, the three-legged coyote living at UBC

 

CTV and Vancouver is Awesome: Meet Kip, the three-legged coyote living at UBC “No, the tri-yote doesn’t need help.” News outlets featured a coyote spotted on UBC’s Vancouver campus and spoke with Dr. Kristen Walker, CSFS Associate and professor in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Check out the full article at CTV or Vancouver […]
Image of ripening sungold cherry tomatoes on a plant.

The Star: Meet a young agrologist helping organic farmers with their green production goals

 

The Star: Meet a young agrologist helping organic farmers with their green production goals “We all learned how to recycle because of school campaigns. We then took that information home. We have a large school population, and food security education can help shape those minds.” The Star featured Amy Norgaard, an agrologist who works at […]
Animated image of a virus particle.

Vancouver Sun and The Province: Increased COVID-19 variant severity not enough evidence for B.C. authorities

 

Vancouver Sun and The Province: Increased COVID-19 variant severity not enough evidence for B.C. authorities “Epidemiologists prefer studies of tens of thousands of cases and months of observation.” Dr. Leonard Foster, CSFS Associate and head of UBC’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, says that while there hasn’t been enough time to build strong data […]
A capture of a larval parasite inside a raspberry.

Biodiversity Research Photo Competition Results

 

Biodiversity Research Photo Competition Results Warren Wong, a PhD student in Dr. Juli Carrillo’s lab and CSFS student member, won the BRC Photo Competition’s Community Choice Award. His photograph is of a parasitoid (spotted wing drosophila) inside a raspberry. The image is shown to the left of this text, as well as in this link […]
A photo with organic matter in soil.

Delta Optimist: Delta seeing decline in soil organic matter

 

Delta Optimist: Delta seeing decline in soil organic matter “Critical to soil health, the organic matter is on the decline in Delta and throughout the Fraser Valley.” Delta Optimist reported on a study which shows that organic matter is on the decline in Delta and throughout the Fraser Valley. Organic matter is made up of decomposed […]
A seedling in the soil.

The Star and Yahoo: How regenerative agriculture is putting hope in the soil

 

The Star and Yahoo: How regenerative agriculture is putting hope in the soil “According to a 2020 paper by the U.S.- based Rodale Institute, if used globally, regenerative practices could draw down most of the world’s CO2 emissions, making agriculture a net carbon sink.” Dr. Sean Smukler, CSFS Associate and a professor at UBC’s Faculty of […]
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