UBC Farm Podcast
Growing a Farm: The 20-year Journey of the UBC Farm
The UBC Farm is 20 years old! To celebrate we are excited to release a limited podcast series, bringing forward the voices of some of the many people who helped start and, ultimately, save the UBC Farm.
The Teaser is out! Listen Now:
“The Farm wasn’t saved by faculty members. It wasn’t saved by administrators. It was saved by students.”– Dr. Art Bomke, Associate Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
“The first time I went, you opened the gate that just looked like it hadn’t been opened in ages, with these old buildings and blackberries taking over it. And it was this amazing place, and had that feeling of somewhere that had a lot of life to it.”– Kristina Bouris, the UBC Farm’s first Education Coordinator
About the Podcast:
Twenty years ago, UBC’s south campus looked very different. Among a scattering of empty buildings and some remaining cattle, sheep, quail and poultry, there was derelict farmland, 24 hectares of field and forest with research projects running but not much else – but a small group of students saw the potential.
Growing A Farm: the 20-Year Journey of the UBC Farm, is a limited podcast series that tells the story of the beginnings of the Farm in 2001 and the against-the-odds story of saving it.
The podcast is hosted by current LFS student, Anisha Sandhu, who wanted to explore the Farm’s history on its 20th anniversary by speaking to the students, staff and faculty members who were key to turning a vision into reality.
“The story of the UBC Farm shows we are capable of anything we put our minds to: the team work makes the dream work,” says Sandhu. “It’s also a story that needs to be shared as students come and go. It’s such a unique space and brings so much to the UBC experience.”
Over two episodes, we follow as they uncover this derelict land, learn how to start a farm, battle against devious wireworm pests, set out to show the value of food and sustainability before it was a hot topic and start a movement to prove the value to the university and, ultimately, save the farm.
Stay tuned for the launch of Saving the Farm on December 3.
To further your knowledge of Musqueam Territory upon which the UBC Farm is situated, check out Land Beneath Our Feet, a Musqueam guide brought to you by the UBC Library.
- Hosted by Anisha Sandhu (LFS Student and former CSFS Knowledge Mobilization Assistant, CSFS at UBC Farm).
- Produced by Melanie Kuxdorf (Communications and Marketing Manager, CSFS at UBC Farm) and Anisha Sandhu, with special production thanks to Duncan McHugh (Digital & Instructional Media Producer, Faculty of Land and Food Systems).
- “Denali at Dawn (feat. RIVER LUME)” by SPEARFISHER
- “Beyond” by Ian Post