Friday was a big day in the movement to preserve the Farm, as nearly 100 supporters packed into the Metro Vancouver Board meeting and anxiously awaited agenda item 4.1. The motion before the Board was delivered as a recommendation from the Agriculture Committee, and asked that the Metro Board send a letter to UBC expressing its support for the the rTetention of the UBC Farm at its current size and location (which had subsequently been recommended by the AAC – Agricultural Advisory Committee). After a lot of debate, those of us in attendance sat and listened as one by one, the board members issued their votes. Unanimous support! We cheered! It was more than we could have hoped for.
Though years in the making, the process of engaging Metro Vancouver in the fight to save the Farm found traction in June of 2008, when two Friends of the Farm made a presentation to the AAC about the development pressures currently being faced. Over the next few months, the issue moved through the Metro subcommittees, and finally landed on a Metro Board agenda two days ago. Lois Jackson of Delta who chairs the Board led the representatives through a spirited debate over the importance of agriculture in BC, Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction over UBC matters, and UBC’s tendency to “do whatever they like”. We are so pleased to see the Board’s vote endorsement of the preservation of this priceless piece of land.
If you’d like to know more about the proceedings, the Georgia Straight published a great article about the decision today, which you can read here.