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Ahoy UBC Farm Friends!

The UBC Farm has been nominated for the Campusperks “Best Life” contest. With the help of Duncan McHugh from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Learning Centre, we put together the short video below on a lushly rainy day at the farm. It highlights the experiences of our contest rep, Anelyse Weiler, with the UBC Farm community and features a few other familiar faces from our South Campus hub.  In addition to raising awareness about the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and its innovative initiatives, the contest provides an opportunity to win some funding that would support the UBC Farm’s sustainability programming.

Although we have embedded the video in this post just for fun, please take the time to visit the clip on the contest website at this link.  Once you register your email address, you can vote for the clip every day until January 20th.  Please share the contest website link with anyone that you think would be interested (e.g. email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  Many thanks for your support!

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Earlier this year, farmers in the Bella Coola Valley were hit with severe flooding. Regrettably, the river and rains took over 270 tons of winter feed, livestock, equipment, fencing, heritage fruit trees, barns and other critical farming infrastructure. However, none of the farms were ineligible for Provincial Emergency Assistance support because the farmers diversify their incomes with off-farm work in order to maintain the economic viability of their enterprises.

As a gesture of support for Bella Coola farmers and their vital role in the community’s food system, FarmFolk/CityFolk and the Grandview-Woodland Food Connection hosted a fundraiser film night for the community on December 7th.  In addition to our concern for the losses faced by Bella Coola farmers and the well-being of their animals, Friends of the UBC Farm wanted to reciprocate the goodwill invested by a Bella Coola community member at UBC. Over the past few years, Dayna Chapman of the Bella Coola Valley Sustainable Agricultural Society has been a community partner for the 3rd-year Land, Food and Community course, which can be a rewarding experience, but it is also an investment of time and energy.

Accordingly, we pulled on our oven mitts and collaborated with our friends at Sprouts on a vegan bake sale at the film night fundraiser. Sprouts also raised funds for the Bella Coola Valley farmers through donations at one of its delectable Community Eats lunches.

A special Bella Coola Valley Farm Flood relief donation fund has been established at the Valley’s local credit union. Cheques can be made out to “CCRD-Farm Relief 2010″ and mailed to Williams Lake and District Credit Union, Box 214, Bella Coola V0T 1C0. If desired, a tax receipt can be issued if a donor includes his or her name and mailing address.

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