The UBC Farm encompasses 24 hectares of integrated farm and forest lands on the UBC South Campus. The farm is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, which offers on-site interdisciplinary learning, research, and community programs. Together, these programs explore and exemplify new paradigms for sustainable communities using the campus as a living laboratory.
Situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the Farm is a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. This landscape offers an important bridge between rural and urban environments. Over 250 varieties of crops are grown. UBC Farm public educational workshops, produce sales and special events serve the campus and community. Fresh produce from the Farm is featured at on-campus dining outlets including The Loop Café at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.
The Strategic Plan for CSFS at UBC Farm
This Strategic Plan emerged in the 2015-2016 academic year, when the CSFS Advisory Committee revisited Cultivating Place, the visionary 2010 academic plan that outlined steps for CSFS and the UBC Farm to weave a culture of sustainability – rooted in stewardship of place – into the intellectual and physical fabric of our University. This plan was produced through consultation with the UBC Strategic Plan, the Aboriginal Strategic Plan, the UBC Sustainability Academic Strategy, and the Land and Food Systems Action Plan. The strategic plan also engaged with a diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, and community members, and national and international research and community outreach initiatives related to food system sustainability.
Read the CSFS Strategic Plan 2016-2020 here.