Work Learn Profile: Ally Cheng, UBC Farm Ambassador

Work Learn Profile: Ally Cheng, UBC Farm Ambassador

Ally Cheng

What did you work on in this role?

Pre-covid, this position focused on leading Farm tours and introducing UBC Farm to the public. I entered this position after covid, and I worked closely with the Farm’s communications team, doing postings on social media and side projects like taking part in the USI Council as the Farm’s representative and fostering sustainability conversations within CSFS.

What did you learn in this position?

I am so grateful for this position and I have learned so much! This was my first time working in a professional setting and I have definitely acquired a lot of technical skills like writing professionally, communicating with different stakeholders, etc. 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!

Why does this work matter?

The UBC Farm is doing so much (with research, student programs, children camps, etc), and social media is the perfect and most out-reachable way to let people know and see what has the farm been doing.

What would you tell a new student taking on this role? Or what do you wish you had known?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The CSFS staff team is such an amazing community that offers loads of supports! It might be overwhelming with all the new information when you are just starting and transitioning into your role, but there is always support and people you can go to:).

What should people know about the UBC Farm that they probably don’t know?

Even in covid times, there is so much research happening on the farm!

What’s your favourite thing to do at the UBC Farm?

Definitely going to the farmers market, just hanging out with the plants and chickens:p.

What other roles have you held at CSFS at the UBC Farm?

This is my first position!