Samantha Gambling – 2013 Graduate of the UBC Farm Practicum
Samantha became a member of the UBC Farm family in the 2013 growing season. She transitioned straight from the UBC Farm Practicum to a Master’s degree program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, where she studied agricultural policy and food sovereignty in the BC dairy industry.
Samantha graduated in the Spring of 2016 and by the end of summer, she had secured a job as Community Animator for Farm to School’s Vancouver Area Regional Hub. Farm to School BC (F2S BC) is an umbrella organization that advocates for healthy, local, sustainable school food systems. Her role as Community Animator is literally to “animate” (ie. support/facilitate/coordinate) F2S programs, activities and networks in the Vancouver Area.
“I regularly find myself drawing upon the knowledge and skills I gained from the Practicum, and even more so, upon the incredible network of farmers, activists, experts, and educators — including former Practicum alumni and UBC Farm crew — who have become friends, mentors, and colleagues over the past 4 years,” says Samantha. “It’s been a gift to work alongside this passionate and inspiring community towards the development of sustainable, just and healthy regional food systems!”