Brianna Thompson – 2019 Graduate of the UBC Farm Practicum
Senior Plant Growth Operations Technician and Food Security Coordinator
What is your occupation?
I work in a research/technology company working on sustainable agriculture solutions including a neem-based biopesticide. I am responsible for maintaining their plants for research on a farm, a greenhouse and in growth chambers. I also work as a coordinator for a produce food security initative: I coordinate growing food in several yards as well as purchasing excess produce from local farmers, to support them and providing that food to food insecure indiviuals in the community.
What path did you take after your practicum to arrive at your current occupation?
I did my Masters in Land and Water Systems at the same time! Got the job right after graduating! Previously I have done my permaculture design course, worked on a sheep farm in Australia, helped make compost in an Urban Farm in Australia and India, WWOOFed in South America and worked in soil science research in Australia for the government!
What would you like to tell folks who are considering a career in land and food systems?
The practicum was so useful in getting jobs after graduating! I still grow and love zucchini….