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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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UBC Farm Markets are back! View our market page for new and increased safety precautions. We ask market customers not to stay on site: we remain closed to the public in order to protect our field and market staff, approved researchers and Indigenous program members due to the ongoing response to COVID-19 in Canada and around the world.

Food Cultivation

Our growing season is going ahead. Our produce is available at our Tuesday Evening and Saturday UBC Farm Farmers’ Markets and through our CSA program. View our COVID-19 Market Plan.

Research Activities

During Phase 1 Research Resumption, research activities at the UBC Farm will continue 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.

Community Workshops

Online workshops are here! We have three gardening-related workshops airing in June, so be sure to check them out and register here. In-person workshops until July 31st are still suspended.

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

Children’s Programs

We are working hard to figure out our summer FarmWonders programming this year, and will announce updates around day camps and other programs as soon as possible.

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

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

Events
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Bee smart: How I ended up pushing a weather station around campus in a baby stroller

 

Bee smart: How I ended up pushing a weather station around campus in a baby stroller Jennifer Lipka is an undergraduate student with the UBC BeeHIVE Research Cluster researching bumble bee abundance and diversity on UBC campus. Read more about her research, and how it feeds into the Bee Smart program. Check out the full […]

Millions of dollars of new aid for B.C. agriculture and food industries

 

Global News BC Feature: Susanna Klassen “There is needed to be a rapid shift in where food is going and how its being processed and packaged and our food system isn’t totally set up to deal with this scale…” Susanna Klassen, a PhD candidate working with the CSFS, recently said in an interview with Global […]

Q&A with Hannah Wittman on how COVID-19 is affecting food systems (PWIAS)

 

PWIAS Q&A: Dr. Hannah Wittman Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, our Academic Director, Dr. Hannah Wittman, has been researching better ways to put food on tables in British Columbia and around the world. The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies recently did a Q&A with Dr. Wittman about how COVID-19 is affecting the food […]

More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic (The Conversation)

 

The Conversation Feature: Dr. Jennifer Black “More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.” Dr. Jennifer Black, CSFS Associate and LFS Professor, recently co-authored an article in the Conversation on the issues with food banks and challenges of addressing food insecurity during COVID-19 through food banks. Check out the full […]

Pandemic panic sees seed sales spike (CBC)

 

CBC Feature: Clare Cullen “I think this whole COVID pandemic has made people think that our food system, the distribution system may be damaged by a pandemic like this,” said Clare Cullen in a recent article published in the CBC. Check out the full article here.
Janice Ammundsen cuddles one the baby goats on her Quadra Island farm.

Farmers on remote island fight food insecurity with their flock (National Observer)

 

National Observer Feature: Dr. Hannah Wittman “COVID-19 is making visible these really deep cracks in our food system…we don’t have the necessary public infrastructure to sustain a regionally resilient food system because a lot of our agriculture investment is focused on exports,” said Dr. Hannah Wittman in a recent article published in the National Observer. […]
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