Cory Spencer

Cory Spencer

Cory Spencer Cory Spencer – 2009 Graduate of the UBC Farm Practicum What is your occupation? I own a 130 head goat dairy and cheese making operation called the Haltwhistle Cheese Co. We produce a variety of raw milk goat and cow’s milk cheeses. Cory was originally a software developer. Learn more about his unique […]
Farmers: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Farmers: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond Farmers: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic From labour shortages to supply chain delays, COVID-19 has ushered in a host of new challenges for B.C. farmers. How are farmers responding to the day-to-day disruptions caused by pandemic? As food insecurity becomes tangible for many British Columbians, how […]
Eating Close to Home: Fostering Local Food Production During COVID-19

Eating Close to Home: Fostering Local Food Production During COVID-19

Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond Eating Close to Home: Fostering Local Food Production During COVID-19 As COVID-19 outbreaks and restaurant closures have exposed the fragility of the industrial food system, local food producers are stepping in to pick up the slack. For many local farmers, processors, restaurant-owners, and community workers, COVID-19 has […]
Essential Labour, Essential Lives: Migrant Agricultural Workers and COVID-19

Essential Labour, Essential Lives: Migrant Agricultural Workers and COVID-19

Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond Essential Labour, Essential Lives: Migrant Agricultural Workers and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped many Canadians’ understanding of essential labour. Now, more than ever, it is undeniable that undocumented and migrant workers form the backbone of our economy. At the same time, migrant workers in the agricultural […]
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

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 […]
20th Annual UBC Farm Farmers’ Market

20th Annual UBC Farm Farmers’ Market

20th Annual UBC Farm Farmers’ Market June 5 – November 27, 2021: Saturdays from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at the UBC Farm Don’t miss the 20th year of Vancouver’s only multi-vendor farmers’ market located on a working farm! In addition to certified organic and farm-fresh produce, fruits, herbs, and free-range eggs from the UBC Farm, the […]
CBC Feature: Clare Cullen

CBC Feature: Clare Cullen

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. Photo: Rochelle Baker

National Observer Feature: Dr. Hannah Wittman

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. […]
COVID-19 notifications at a grocery store. Photo by Allie Smith.

5 Lessons for Food System Thinking from COVID-19

5 lessons for food system thinking from COVID-19: Susanna Klassen “Civil society groups working on food systems change have argued that this crisis presents an opening to do things differently. Indeed, many are poised to use this crisis for transformation — coalescing around issues like a Universal Basic Income and rights and protections for migrant […]
New Farmer Training

New Farmer Training

New Farmer Training Agriculture is changing rapidly. And so is the way we train emerging farmers. We want to hear from you about your experience in vegetable production! Take the BC Vegetable Farmer Survey and your responses will help UBC researchers learn more about the challenges facing vegetable producers, including labour, field management, profitability and […]