Campus gardens provide hands-on opportunities for students, staff, faculty and residents to learn about sustainable food systems. From creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, fostering community space, and providing practical experiential education, UBC’s numerous gardens are a great way to get involved in sustainability.
The University will occasionally provide opportunities for temporary gardens on academic lands, providing opportunities for outdoor teaching and collaboration. Two examples of these temporary academic gardens are the Orchard Garden and the Geo Garden, both on sites of future academic research and teaching facilities. The Orchard Garden was established in 2007 as an initiative of the UBC Food System Project, and in partnership with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the UBC SEEDS Program. The AMS Sustainability Fund granted funding for the construction of the Geo Garden in 2012, on the east side of the Geography building. The garden is being maintained by the Geography Students Association (GSA).
UNA Community Gardens
In 2009, the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) opened its first Community Garden located at Hawthorn Place, with great success. A waiting list soon emerged, and a second garden was opened near Rhododendron Woods. The community gardens program is led by an enthusiastic group of volunteer gardeners who encourage all levels of gardening expertise, share their knowledge, and foster social relationships. To learn more and apply for a plot, visit the UNA website.
New SUB Rooftop Garden
In 2010, the AMS worked with the UBC SEEDS Program to challenge students to propose a design for the inclusion of a rooftop garden in the New Student Union Building. Based on students’ recommendations, a rooftop garden space was included in the new building, with opportunities to showcase the building as an icon of sustainable design and responsible operation. Roots on the Roof (UBC Rooftop Garden Club) is a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the roof of the AMS Student Nest.