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Since the announcement in April regarding proposed legislation for a new governance structure at UBC, many supporters of the UBC Farm have been alarmed by the possible implications of “Bill 20” for securing the 24-hectare UBC Farm. Richmond’s Garden City Lands blog published a post last weekend titled, “UBC Farm – new threat or new respect?” The post highlights some of the recent media buzz regarding the UBC Farm and Bill 20, including a statement from the Farmland Defence League. In response, the UBC President’s Office has continued to assure the public that the South Campus Academic Plan, which outlines a 5-year guiding vision for the farm, remains a key part of the university’s sustainability aspirations. The Georgia Straight also drew attention to the issue in two articles published on May 13. This media coverage represents a fraction of the questions we’ve been getting and makes one thing quite clear: people care deeply about the farm and its future.

At meetings with UBC administration last autumn, we were told that the UBC Farm’s land designation would finally be changed from “Future Housing Reserve” to “UBC Farm” by the spring. To date, the land designation remains unchanged. We will be working diligently over the next few months to ensure this needed change happens and the UBC Farm is finally secure.

In a nutshell, we are uncertain about precisely how the UBC Farm will be affected by the proposed legislation and are going to be querying UBC administration and representatives from the province. We will keep you in the loop on this blog. In the meantime, it may be useful for farm supporters to ask their own questions to UBC administration and representatives of the province so that they know the issue continues to be of concern (please see sample letter and contact info in link below).

Thank you for your continued support and vigilance. On a lighter note, we hope to see you at the UBC Farm over the coming months, and watch for us at various community events throughout the summer!

Please click for sample letter

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UBC Farm Practicum Student Brittany Buchanan has a new post for May 27. See her blog at: http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/bbuchanan/

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We’d like to take this opportunity before the 2010 market season starts to get your feedback on our markets – what you like, what you don’t like, what else you’d like to see at the markets, and more. Your opinion is really important to us as we decide on the future direction of the markets, so we ask you to please consider taking a brief moment to help us by filling out our 2010 market survey.

The survey can be found here: 2010 UBC Farm Market Survey.

To provide some incentive, we have prizes available:

  • Five $20 gift certificates redeemable at any of the Vancouver Farmers Market locations as well as the UBC Farm Market
  • A signed copy of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan!
  • A UBC Farm canvas bag filled with $25 worth of produce, including our hard-to-get, free-range, organic eggs (available for pick-up in June with advanced notice from the winner)

Prize winners will be randomly selected from completed surveys. Please note that only surveys with more than 90% of questions completed (not including comment boxes) will be considered for the prize draw.

The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. All questions are optional but we encourage you to respond to as many as you can. A partial response is better than than none at all! Individual responses will remain anonymous and the data will only be used for the future development of the UBC Farm Market.

The survey will close on Friday, May 14th at noon. Your feedback matters, and is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your assistance in making our markets better!

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