Archive for September, 2009

Dear Friends of the Farm,

We need your input and ideas to help secure a bright future for the UBC Farm that will benefit future generations. The South Campus Academic Plan (SCAP) is ready for public feedback. For those who may not know or remember, this is the plan that will lay out the vision for the long term future of the UBC Farm that will be presented to the Board of Governors this fall. This feedback opportunity may be one of our only chances to contribute to building a strong and compelling vision for the future use of the UBC farm. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share your ideas. The more voices we have contributing, the stronger our chances are for a plan that reflects the desires of the diverse users of the farm.

The timeline for feedback is short. This particular window is only open for one week. Different sections of the document will be opened each week for feedback. Please check the following weblink http://www.sas.ubc.ca/ each week for the next few weeks to make sure you give feedback on each section of the document. Please see the message below for details and link to the document and feedback page.

Many thanks,
Friends of the UBC Farm…read on…

The first section of the South Campus Academic Plan is now available for feedback.  Please go to http://www.sas.ubc.ca/ and look to the ‘Comment Period for the draft South Campus Academic Plan’ section.  Within it is a link to the current section open for comment.  This week’s section is the Mission Statement.  Also, the SAS poll this week (on the sidebar) addresses the SCAP Mission statement.   At weekly intervals, additional sections will be made available for comments.

Thank you for your time and thoughts,

Have a good day,

The South Campus Academic Plan committee


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Pumpkin Polka Dots - Cinderella (orange) & Jamboree (green)

Pumpkin Polka Dots - Cinderella (orange) & Jamboree (green)

The harvest season is upon us and it’s time to give a warm welcome to the winter squash!  Rich and delicious, you’ll want to pick one up for a hearty fall soup, pie or roast.  Here’s a quick photo introduction to some of the gems waiting for you here at the Farm.


Pumpkin Pick-up

UBC Farm, Lower Squash Field
Tuesday – Saturday / 9 – 5 pm
$5 per pumpkin

Even if you can’t make it to our Saturday Farm Market, you can still pick up a pumpkin anytime during regular Farm Hours.

Pick your pumpkin friend out of the perfect pre-harvested pile located west of the lower squash field, past the chicken pens.  There will be a small container by the pumpkins for you to leave $5 for each pumpkin you bring home.

We’d appreciate it if you do not pick pumpkins directly from the field!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

A yummy way to use your winter squash from the The Post Punk Kitchen.

2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Have ready 2 greased baking sheets. Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices.

In a seperate bowl, mix together sugar, oil, molasses, pumpkin and vanilla (and flax seeds if using) until very well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet in 3 batches, folding to combine. Fold in walnuts and raisins.

Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. They don’t spread very much so they can be placed only an inch apart. Flatten the tops of the cookies with a fork or with your fingers, to press into cookie shape. Bake for 16 minutes at 350. If you are using two sheets of cookies on 2 levels of your oven, rotate the sheets halfway through for even baking. You’ll have enough batter for 4 trays.

Remove from oven and get cookies onto a wire rack to cool. These taste best when they’ve had some time to cool and set.

Fluffy Pumpkin Waffles

Spicy waffles for crisp fall mornings from The Post Punk Kitchen.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup demerrara or brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 Tablespoons soy yogurt
2 cups soymilk
1 3/4 cups cooked pureed pumpkin
1/3 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift together dry ingredients. In a seperate bowl, vigorously wisk together wet ingredients until well emulsified. Pour wet into dry and combine. Prepare waffles according to manufacturers instructions.  Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!

Warming Pumpkin Curry

Adapted from CHOW.

1 pound pumpkin, butternut or blue hubbard squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
7 ounces grated coconut, fresh or unsweetened dried
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
8-10 curry leaves
2 small red chiles, split in half lengthwise
Salt, to taste
Chopped cilantro, garnish

Put the pumpkin or butternut squash in a saucepan with turmeric, smoked paprika, coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 6-8 minutes or until tender.

Grind half of the coconut in a spice mill or a mortar and pestle with the cumin seeds. Stir this into the pumpkin mixture and stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a small, nonstick frying pan, heat the oil until hot and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chiles. Stir and cook over high heat for 1-2 minutes, then pour this mixture over the pumpkin curry. Garnish, season and serve.

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Check out these upcoming workshops at the UBC Farm!

1) Food Security Primer with Robin Wheeler!

Saturday September 19, 10:00am-12:30pm


Saturday September 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm

~We’re booking two identical workshops because they are going to fill up fast!~

Course description:

This 2.5 hour workshop was designed to lead the individual to a place of greater resilience and resourcefulness, so they can then move into community based work.  We will discuss stockpiling, gleaning, working with farms, food preservation, reducing waste, intensive growing practices, community sharing and more.  Food security starts with the individual.

Date: Saturday September 19: 10am-12:30pm OR 2:00pm-4:30pm

Cost: $24 (plus $1.75 cent registration fee)


Limited to 20 people.  Please register for the Morning Workshop HERE.  Please register for the Afternoon Workshop HERE.  **Please note that all UBC Farm Growing Season Workshops require advance payment.  Also,  our workshops sell out VERY quickly.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.  There is great demand for our workshops, and unfortunately we can’t accomodate everyone. If the website says the workshop is full, it really is full.**

Presenter Bio:

Robin Wheeler is author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart. She has been actively supporting local agricultural for over 15 years. She operates Edible Landscapes, a plant nursery, and uses her property as a teaching garden for the Sustainable Living Arts School in Roberts Creek, BC. She is founder of the One Straw Society and is also author of Gardening for the Faint of Heart.

What to Bring: Pen, paper

Special Request:

Our presenter Robin is looking for a ride to the Farm from Kitsilano for the 10am workshop.  If you are registered for the workshop and you are able to offer her a ride please email Sarah at: ubcfarm.interns@gmail.com – we’ll be sending you home with a lovely bouquet of flowers!

2) Season-extension and winterizing strategies for the farm and garden

with Delisa Lewis!

Monday September 21, 5-7pm

Course description:
Celebrate the equinox at the UBC farm!  Get some experience and join the conversation on season extension and winterizing strategies for your small farm or garden.  We’ll use on-farm examples of season extension to launch our discussion of topics ranging from cover crops, fabric row covers, mulching, composts, and regional variety selection for over-wintering.  With the cooperation of the farm team and favorable weather, we plan to take on a small scale, hands-on winterizing project out in the fields.

Date: Monday Sept 21, (5-7pm)

Cost: $20 (plus $1.65 cent registration fee)


Limited to 20 people.  Register on-line HERE**Please note that all UBC Farm Growing Season Workshops require advance payment.  Also,  our workshops sell out VERY quickly.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.  There is great demand for our workshops, and unfortunately we can’t accomodate everyone. If the website says the workshop is full, it really is full.**

Presenter Bio: Delisa Lewis came to BC from the USA after many years as a small scale organic farmer and educator.  Delisa is passionate not only about growing delicious, healthy food, but also about growing new growers.  Delisa likes driving tractors very much and is currently a Phd Candidate in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

What to Bring: Pen, paper, appropriate clothing for working outside

Growing Season Workshops: These events are part of the UBC Farm Growing Season Workshop Series.  Our goal is to connect sustainability and life-skills experts with our local community through accessible and affordable workshops.   Come join us for a workshop, gain new skills and knowledge, and help support the UBC Farm!

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Special Work Party on Saturday!

The UBC Farm is hosting Feast of Fields this Sunday, Sept 13th. As in past years, we are holding a special work party to help spiff up the farm in advance of this event. We need your help with a variety of tasks including weeding & general site clean-up. This is a high profile event for the farm and we want it to be in tip-top shape, so please consider helping us if you can this Saturday, September 12th, from 1:30 – 4:00pm. Please RSVP for this shift by e-mailing Amy at ubcfarm.market@gmail.com. Thanks for your time!

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Thursday September 24
at UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Road)

All ages welcome
Free Admission!

Beer Garden

BBQ burgers, veggie burgers and vegan burgers featuring UBC farm greens, and fresh corn

Live Local music including Agora String Band

Free shuttle service will available but walking and cycling are highly recommended

The Agora String Band plays for party-goers

The Agora String Band plays for party-goers

Hey Farm Friends! Come join us for the seventh annual Farmade, an afternoon of late September sun, great local music, delicious BBQ food, beer, and merriment. It’s a great way to be introduced to the UBC Farm or to rekindle your farm love after a summer away. Last year’s event drew over 800 people and we expect this year’s to be even larger! See you there,

UBC Farm

Crowds on the lawn

Crowds on the lawn

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Campus sales Wednesday Sept 9th

The Farm will be doing its weekly sale outside of the UBC Bookstore this Wednesday, Sept 9th, but with a slight time change. The sale this week is from 12:30-2:30. We are trying an extended time frame to accommodate all the demand we are receiving from campus customers. You can expect to see a great variety of produce tomorrow, including:

Beans – bush, pole & French filet
Flower Petals
Mustard greens
Salad Mix
Swiss Chard
Winter Squash

Let your friends & colleagues know! Cash only, please bring your own bags. Please note we will NOT be at the Main St. market this week.

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school tour

Do you enjoy working with children? Are you passionate about the UBC Farm? Then consider applying for our “Farm Discovery Tours” Workshop Coordinator position. Please see the job posting (PDF) for details. Please note the application deadline is this Friday, Sept 4th at midnight, so get those applications in quick!

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