Learning Opportunities with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems offers experiential learning opportunities to a diverse community of people. We offer programs, classes and resources from Community Workshops to Student Internships, Children and Youth Education to the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.
Ally Cheng, UBC Farm Ambassador
"Before this position, I had little knowledge about UBC Farm and sustainability work in UBC. it is great to dig into all the amazing work that UBC Farm is doing and all the sustainability efforts that have been made!"
Mairead Norton, BC Food Web Science Communication Assistant
"The research that the CSFS is producing has the ability to change the way we do agriculture, to restructure our food systems, and to make significant strides towards a more sustainable future."
Erika Luna, Sustainable Food Systems Data Assistant
"Data management and its proper communication are essential to fulfilling the UBC Farm purposes. From its role as a living laboratory to its role as a food production system, keeping records throughout time is the only way we can evaluate our practices."
Graham Matheson, Student Research Assistant
"The UBC Farm is home to so much wildlife, whether its resident coyotes, migrating birds, or elusive pacific tree frogs. It is truly a gem of biodiversity in the region, home to animals that are no longer found in many areas of Greater Vancouver."
Karolina Skupien, Food Skills Education Work Learn Student
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Michael Salloum, Communications Work Learn Student
"I think it’s easy to think that if you’re part of the communications team, most of what you do is to work on social media and promote our work. However, I felt as if my role went beyond that. I felt as if my role was really more about being able to effectively communicate knowledge from the Farm to the public and try and increase engagement within the food system. I get to help in that, that’s why the work matters."
Nikki Lax, Seed Trials Work Learn Student
"Apart from field work, I got to meet incredible people involved in this discipline which includes farmers, advocates, and academics. I was fortunate enough to attend the BC EcoSeed Co-op Conference which was a great opportunity for us to show and summarize our findings of our research and see for this upcoming season of what the farmers wanted for their farms and how they wanted to collaborate. Generally, the internship was a way for me to reconnect with the Farm."
Jaylin Melnichuk, Academic Assistant
"All of the CSFS/UBC Farm's initiatives, in some way, push people to connect with their food system. This is when people realize that we are all connected through food! There is a real community-mindedness that happens when people come to this realization and I believe we will find strength in this in our collective future."
How students can get involved
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems provides many for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities for students to get their hands dirty and learn about the food system. Get information below on internships, courses, volunteering, student groups, and more.
What are the kids learning at the UBC Farm?
From gardening their plots in the children’s garden, to identifying bugs along the agroforestry trail, there is a bounty of hand-on activities for kids in our child and youth programs. Field games, seeding in the greenhouse, baking with farm produce, fort-building, composting, apple picking, chicken feeding, berry picking, potato hunting and medicine making just to name a few.
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Indigenous Initiatives at the UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, whose guidance and collaboration is vital to all activities on the Farm.
Four Indigenous initiatives have their home at the UBC Farm: Tal A’xin: Maya in Exile Garden, established in 2000 as one of the longest-running community-based projects at the UBC Farm, Tu’wusht Garden Project, initiated in 2005 with partner Vancouver Native Health Society, xʷc̓ic̓əsəm: Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden, part of LFS Indigenous Research Partnerships, and the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program (CRUW), developed in 2011 by Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Each year, these initiatives bring thousands of visitors to the Farm and engage hundreds of UBC students through academic connections such as class visits, group projects, graduate research, and directed studies.
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