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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.

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: jessica.latus@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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UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks

 

UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks “Understanding how beneficial microbes are recruited has the potential to be used in agriculture to sustainably protect plants from pathogens. ” Dr. Cara Haney, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, conducted research on how plants can recruit beneficial bacteria (i.e. their microbiome) […]
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Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better?

 

Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better? “It is an important question to examine — more than 80% of the world’s farmers are smallholders and they constitute a large portion of the world’s poor and vulnerable populations.” Dr. Navin Ramankutty, CSFS Associate and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security, blogged about his […]
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The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature's assets and conserving 30% of Earth

 

The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth by 2030 “The challenge is not simply to measure the contents of the country’s vast natural landscapes, but to know what to measure.” The Globe and Mail highlighted a study by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, CSFS Associate and research associate at UBC’s […]
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National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers

 

National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers “Already capable of growing in harsh conditions, sunflowers have the potential to withstand even more.” Dr. Loren Rieseberg, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Botany, commented on how sunflowers are considered one of the more environmentally resilient crops. Sunflower roots extend twice as deep as those of corn – […]
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Earth Day: How to Take Action + Educational and Indigenous Resources

 

Earth Day: How to Take Action + Educational and Indigenous Resources We are celebrating Earth Day on April 22! Read on for ideas on how to get involved, educational materials, and much more. Take Action Are you a student looking to get involved with sustainability initiatives? There are many groups on campus that may suit […]
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CBC: Chocolate might melt out of memory if we don't protect pollinators

 

CBC: Chocolate might melt out of memory if we don’t protect pollinators “To support pollinators as spring takes hold, plant pollinator-supporting gardens.” Dr. Claire Kremen, a professor at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, says combing the yard for chocolate Easter eggs could one day be a thing of the past if we don’t make a […]
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