There have been lots of questions pouring in about UBC’s recent press release regarding the UBC Farm. So here’s a quick note to try to provide a bit more clarity. It is important to underline that this is a huge step forward for the Board of Governors and shows real leadership and foresight. So any communications with the Board, UBC administrators or others should show deep encouragement for taking this step. The Board’s suggestion of a density transfer and development of a plan for academically rigourous and globally significant Centre for Sustainable Food Systems are both part of the win-win option for which we have been advocating.
We are still unclear on the details of what this means and we will be trying to gain some more clarity as things move forward. We will be in touch as we gain more clarity. It is our hope that this signals an opportunity for Friends of the Farm and other farm stakeholders to be an integral part of creating a secure and bright future for the UBC Farm. We know that there is lots of work ahead, but we look forward to working collaboratively with UBC and the Board of Governors on this and we are really hopeful that this will help lay the groundwork for securing the entire Farm as a vital part of a sustainable campus, and securing UBC’s position as a leader on the forefront of sustainability issues.
Thanks and we will keep you posted.