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Thanks  to everyone who shared their pumpkin carving panache at our final Saturday Farm Market of the year!  We were very impressed by all of the inventive Jack-o-lantern creations, particularly from the talented younger members of our community.

It’s not too late to stop by the UBC Farm U-Pick pumpkin patch to select a pumpkin before Halloween!  Please see the UBC Farm website for pumpkin patch details and a map.

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Just a reminder that this Friday, October 29th is the closing date for applications for the 2011 Sowing Seeds for the Future Practicum program, a hands-on, season-long practicum in sustainable agriculture at the UBC Farm. Visit the Sowing Seeds page for full program and application details.

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Every year, the UBC Botanical Garden hosts a family-friendly, two-day celebration of Malus domestica and its biodiversity.  Last weekend’s Apple Festival was an enormous success, and many of the unique varieties of apples sold out on the first day!  Steve Whysall has written an article in the Vancouver Sun describing why the event is so popular.  We also think it’s pretty awesome that the organizers offered bike valet service to encourage visitors to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Congrats to the Botanical Gardens for hosting such a wonderful event!

We were pleased to be invited to host a booth at Apple Fest again this year, and the UBC Farm table had some great volunteer assistance from Land and Food Systems Community Service-Learning students as well as Friends of the UBC Farm.  To complement the festivities taking place at the UBC Botanical Garden, we hosted tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Apple Orchard throughout the day.  Started in 2005, our orchard was designed, grafted and planted as part of of a student Directed Study.  It includes 75 apple varieties and 120 trees, and 2010 was our second year of significant harvest.  Here are a few photos from the Festival!

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For fresh ideas on how to use that beautiful UBC Farm produce you picked up from our Market, check out the Veggie-of-the-Week blog post series! Crafted by a team of UBC students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems as part of their Community-Based Research project with Friends of the Farm, these posts contain neat info on folklore, nutrition and recipes corresponding to some of the produce items currently available at the UBC Farm. This week, kale!

Kale, together with cabbage, collards and Brussels sprouts belongs to the Brassica family. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese. It is also a good source of dietary fibre, copper, calcium, vitamin B6 and potassium.

It has gained widespread reputation as cancer-fighting and health-promoting food. Kale appears to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers, including breast and ovarian cancers. It also works as an antioxidant which protects the body from free radical damage. Moreover, consuming vitamin A-rich foods, such as kale, can promote lung health for smokers or for those who are frequently exposed to second-hand smoke.

Curly Kale- with ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk, it is usually deep green in color. It has a lively pungent flavor with delicious bitter and peppery qualities.

When buying kale, look for bunches with firm, deeply coloured leaves and moist, hardy stems. Choose kale with smaller-sized leaves since these will be more tender and have a milder flavour than those with larger leaves.

Kale should be wrapped in a damp paper cloth, placed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator crisper. Kale can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, although it is best when eaten within one or two days after purchase since the longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavor becomes. It should not be washed before storing since this may cause it to become limp.

Photo by anthimeria on Flickr CC. Dinosaur kale- also known as Lacinato. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.

Some people find kale bitter, but choosing a bunch with smaller leaves will give you a milder flavour. You can also try dinosaur kale with dark blue-green leaves, which offers a sweeter and more delicate taste than the more common, curly kale. In addition, you can pair kale with other vegetables, such as collard greens, to offset the bitter flavour of kale with a sweeter flavour.

Please click here for some recipes to get you started!

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Some plants wait until the drizzly, overcast days of autumn when leaves turn to rich mush at their feet before they finally divulge the gorgeous pigments that they had been hiding all along.

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UBC is offering two upcoming workshops as well as an e-consultation for proposed updates to its Land Use Plan. Please show your support for the UBC Farm by attending these workshops on WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, OCT 13 & 14! The online consultation will be open until Oct 15.  Attendance at the workshops requires an RSVP to stefani.lu@ubc.ca.  Please see below for workshop dates, times and locations. Thank you for supporting the Farm throughout this process, and thank you in advance for your attendance!

Updating UBC’s Land Use Plan provides a promising opportunity for the UBC Farm’s “Future Housing Reserve” designation to finally be changed.  This change is very important for realizing the academic vision and goals of the UBC Farm, as outlined in the South Campus Academic Plan Cultivating Place. Notably, transferring housing density from the UBC Farm to elsewhere on campus would not only support the land security of the UBC Farm, but it would also promote affordable housing options on campus.

While we would still prefer that the farm be designated as “UBC Farm,” removing the “Future Housing Reserve” label is a positive and crucial part of moving toward securing the UBC Farm.  Please show your support for the UBC Farm by participating in the Land Use Plan workshops and e-consultation, and please keep in mind the following:

  • Amendments to increase housing density on other parts of campus make it possible to keep housing off of the UBC Farm.  If you support the Farm and affordable housing, then these amendments merit your endorsement.
  • Both the Alma Mater Society and Friends of the Farm advocate adopting “UBC Farm” as the new land designation instead of “Green Academic.” However, if Green Academic” zoning were adopted, Friends of the Farm maintains that this zoning definition should include the Farm’s correct 24-ha size, refer to the site name UBC Farm, and cite the academic plan Cultivating Place as the guiding framework for land use decisions.
E-consultation: September 27 – October 15, 5 p.m
To participate in the e-consultation, please click this link.

Workshops: October 13 and 14 (PLEASE ATTEND ONLY ONE)

  1. Wednesday, Oct. 13: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., SUB Ballroom, 6138 Student Union Blvd, UBC
  2. Wednesday, Oct 13: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tapestry, Wesbrook Village, 3338Wesbrook Mall, UBC
  3. Thursday, Oct 14: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., West Point Grey United Church, 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Please RSVP to stefani.lu@ubc.ca, indicating which workshop you’ll be attending.

For more information, please visit Land Use Plan workshop page on the Campus + Community Planning  website.

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