Archive for March, 2011

The UBC Farm is launching a new for credit summer internship program this summer. This is a great way for UBC students to gain hands on experience at the UBC Farm while earning course credit. The student internships are 4 months long, part-time unpaid internships aimed at engaging students with their local food system while gaining real-world work experience. The deadline for applications is Friday March 25th, 2011 at 5pm. There are four intern positions available in three areas:

Please click here for Field Intern posting
Market Intern posting
Administration Intern posting

Fresh Sunflower Sprouts from "My Urban Farm."

Also, UBC student Chris Thoreau of My Urban Farm is seeking an enthusiastic applicant for a paid urban farming apprenticeship. Chris initiated his successful sunflower sprouts production business at the UBC Farm a couple of summers ago as a Directed Study, and the apprenticeship would be a marvellous learning opportunity for anyone interested in both the practical and philosophical aspects of urban food production.

My Urban Farm is offering a paid urban farming apprenticeship position for the 2011 growing season. The position will be mainly focused on sunflower sprout production, distribution and marketing but may also include other work such as harvesting and maintaining other gardens; attending farmers’ markets; record-keeping; and marketing. The apprenticeship would be for approximately 10-15 hours a week (or more as other projects arise) from late April through September.

This position will offer mostly on-the-job learning, though Chris will also offer many resources for extended learning opportunities including complementary skills such as no-till soil management; small-scale composting; irrigation, small-scale construction, and bicycle maintenance; as well as literature and resources on soils, organic gardening and many other topics. Yes, you may have some homework!

The ideal candidate for this position would:

  • Have flexible availability
  • Be reliable with a good work ethic and exceptional attention to detail
  • Have good time management skills – especially punctuality
  • Be able to work alone and with others
  • Be clean and hygienic (mostly for sprouts – go ahead and get dirty in the garden)
  • Be healthy and in good shape – some heavy lifting and cycling required
  • Be enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture
  • Be able to work outside in adverse conditions (but hopefully not too many days!)
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ideally live in, or close to, the Strathcona area (which is where the sprouts are grown)
  • No previous gardening experience is required; but a commitment to learning is absolutely necessary

Pay, Hours, and Application

You must be available for work at the following times, which are harvest days:

Tuesdays: 8:00 am – ~1:00 pm

Fridays: 8:00 am – ~2:00 pm

This position pays $12.00/hour with opportunities for bonuses.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2011

Expected Start Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Please apply with cover letter and resume (or the equivalent in whatever form makes you most happy and best communicates you and your skills) to Chris at: myurbanfarm@gmail.com.


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Thanks again very much to Danny Seeton for hosting the Friends of the UBC Farm home brewing workshop last Thursday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

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In light of St Patrick’s Day, which is coming up soon…We’re excited to be hosting our first ever beer brewing and coaster making event! Danny Seeton, a UBC graduate student, will be showing us the process and steps of making home-brewed beer! Danny is also very knowledgeable about the history of brewing, and by the end of the workshop you’ll have learned the basics of a valuable new folk-skill and picked up some interesting stories about the cultural history of home brewing to share at St. Paddy’s Day events.

Additionally, we will be making coasters from alder branches that you can use for the beer that you make, or for a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Please RSVP to friendsoftheubcfarm@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 8th so we know the amount of materials we need to bring.

Danny Seeton showing the volume of boiling wort in this kettle at Yaletown Brewing Co. The wort made its way into a Russian Imperial Stout that he brewed.

From Drop Box

EVENT: Beer Brewing and Coaster Making!
DATE: Thursday, March 10th
TIME: 1:30pm-6pm
PLACE: UBC Farm Centre Kitchen
Cost: $4 towards supplies

And if you can’t attend this exciting event, the Friends of the UBC Farm Annual General Meeting will be held Fri, March 11th 4pm in Student Union Building Room 205. Come and help us elect club executives, learn how you can get involved with our fun activities, and meet some friendly farm folks! Vegan treats will be served.

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We figure that the video below is worth checking out for the costumes alone. After you’ve finished watching, please visit this link on the TD Go Green Challenge contest site and vote!

A quartet of passionate UBC undergrad students has submitted a video to the TD Go Green Challenge which outlines their plan to help extend the growing season at the UBC Farm and supply more tasty, local produce to campus year-round. Their vision includes expanding hoop house production, improving storage facilities at the UBC Farm, and delivering produce to campus via a new fleet of cargo bikes and a hybrid electric vehicle. The students and the farm need your support in the form of votes to make this project happen.

The contest closes March 11th, so please vote now, and share with your friends. Merci beaucoup!

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He’s back for another round of cheesy fun! Join David Rotsztain for a beginner cheese workshop, or, if you’ve already taken the beginner course take it to the next level with advanced cheese making. For more information and to register for the workshop of your choice, click on the date and class you’re interested in! Space is limited and these sessions sell out quickly. All workshops held at Tapestry Residence, 3382 Wesbrook Mall.


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