Dear Friend of the UBC Farm,
Happy Holidays to you! Thank you for all of your amazing support this year in working towards saving the UBC Farm. There have been some positive steps forward over the past year, and we are looking forward to unequivocally securing the farm’s future in 2009!
To help set some key goals for the year to come, Friends of the Farm have developed 5 criteria for how we will all know when the farm is “saved.” We will continue to work towards achieving these goals in the coming year. We very much look forward to working in collaboration with you to achieve them.
What does it Mean to Save the UBC Farm?
Saving the Farm means protecting and supporting the farm’s social, ecological, and educational systems. The ecosystem of which the farm is a part, and on which it depends, must be allowed to continue to thrive. The social system made up of farm staff, students, faculty, community members, and visitors must be valued and supported. Established and future teaching and research programs must be supported to thrive as leading-edge sustainability initiatives.
There are five main practical aspects of protecting the UBC Farm. UBC Farm will be “saved” when it has:
1) Land Security
The 24 hectares in South Campus now designated as the “Future Housing Reserve” is re-designated as the “UBC Farm/Centre for Sustainable Food Systems” in all official UBC planning documents and campus maps and has secure long-term land tenure.
2) Assured Ecological Integrity
In all farm-related documents, the UBC Farm is recognized as part of an integrated ecological system, which includes and depends upon the forest ecosystem. Soil fertility and arable land of the farm are recognized as irreplaceable components of the farm ecosystem and the farm’s arable land is provided long-term security from built development.
3) Farm users driving decision making about the Farm
In the immediate and long-term future those who use and work on the site most actively and intimately (students, faculty, farm staff, and community partners) are key drivers of land use and other decisions.
4) Recognition that UBC Farm is an integral component of a sustainable university
UBC Farm is broadly understood to be a key part of meeting UBC’s commitments and aspirations towards being a global leader in sustainability. UBC Farm thrives and grows as a world leading centre for sustainable food systems, community health and environmental literacy making it a target for investment, and a magnet for attracting and retaining, faculty, students, and community partners.
5) Long-Term Funding Stability
The UBC Farm receives appropriate investment for both capital needs and provision of ongoing, stable core operating funding for research, learning, staffing and community service projects.
We look forward to working with you in 2009 to achieve these goals. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Friends of the UBC Farm