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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is a teaching and research centre that builds community and design, facilitates and models sustainable food systems.

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Our New Strategic Plan

2024-2029

Our food system is in a moment of critical opportunity.

The CSFS is uniquely positioned to develop solutions by bringing together UBC students, faculty, and staff and connecting them to networks of farmers, policymakers, and local and Indigenous communities – grounded by our connection to the land at the UBC Farm.

We aim to have an impact in four key areas: food security, climate, biodiversity, and decolonization.

Our goals are ambitious. We invite you to join us.

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Events

Diners at the Long Table Dinners enjoying food under strings of lights between rows of tall trees.

Long Table Dinner: WAITLISTED


UBC Farm Farmers’ Market


Tuesday Market


Wednesday Bookstore Market

News

LFS Reach Out is out!

 

LFS Reach Out is out! June 11, 2024 Many of our CSFS Associates and the CSFS Strategic Plan are featured in this issue of the LFS Faculty magazine! Dean’s Message – Rickey’s last! Studying Pollinators on the Frontlines of Resiliency with Risa Sargent Drought Solutions for Producers Start Small with Thorsten Knipfer Building Resilience: The […]
Wild rose in the foreground with a farm field and hoop houses in the background

How to save the world in five not so easy steps

 

How to save the world in five not so easy steps June 11, 2024 CSFS Associate Dr. Kai Chan wrote that individuals should demand that systems change towards sustainability, and not depend on governments in the fight against climate change. Chan outlines five essential steps for this transformation: Go Deep: Focus on long-term sustainability over […]
A shopper walks past the milk and dairy display while pushing a Target cart.

Federal tests find no signs of bird flu virus in Canadian retail milk

 

Federal tests find no signs of bird flu virus in Canadian retail milk June 3, 2024 Canadian monitoring is underway as the U.S. grapples with an unprecedented outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in dairy cattle. Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) laboratories have tested 142 retail milk samples from across all 10 provinces, the agency said. […]
Farm field in BC with hills in the background and a conifer tree on the right

Business Climate: How drought is changing B.C.’s agriculture industry

 

Business Climate: How drought is changing B.C.’s agriculture industry May 29, 2024 B.C. cattle ranchers, hit hard by last summer’s severe drought, are facing unprecedented challenges. Sean Smukler, director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, discusses the urgent need for better water management. “If we’re really serious about building local […]
Dr. Kai Chan

Global effort to end plastic pollution

 

Global effort to end plastic pollution  April 26, 2024 CSFS Associate Dr. Kai Chan, professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, discussed the global effort to end plastic pollution. “Global effort to end plastic pollution” CTV Morning Live 
Headshot of Risa Sargent in the fields of UBC Farm

Introduced bumble bee dominates Lower Mainland pollinator surveys

 

Introduced bumble bee dominates Lower Mainland pollinator surveys April 24, 2024 CSFS Associate Risa Sargent, who heads the Plant Pollinator and Global Change lab in LFS, and master’s student Sarah Knoerr are featured in a UBC News story to discuss raising concerns about the number of common eastern bumble bees—an introduced species—being found in the wild and […]
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