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Archive for April, 2011

Summer CSA box.

Are you interested in eating the freshest and greenest the UBC Farm has to offer? Apply for a spot in the UBC Farm’s 2011 Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box program. Members receive a box of fresh veggies every week starting in June for 20 weeks. This is a fantastic way to connect with your local food system, follow the seasonal changes from your table and support the UBC Farm. For full program details and to fill out an application please refer to the Farm website at http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/csa.php

The deadline for applications is May 9th.

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It was quite a treat to celebrate with an estimated 3,000 other folks at the Earth Day Parade this past Friday. Organized by Youth for Climate Justice Now, the celebration was the first citywide Earth Day event organized by and for youth.  We were very impressed with the young speakers’ eloquence and sincerity, and we especially liked how the event saw the recycling of the peace sign from banality into a call for climate justice.

If you’d like to take action on climate change locally (besides supporting a vibrant regional food system, of course!) here are two simple ways to do so:

  1. Take action against the South Fraser Perimeter Road. You can learn more about this freeway, which would destroy salmon habitat and encourage pavement creep onto farmland, here and write letters using this form.  At present, there also happens to be a protest camp on the South Fraser Perimeter Road.  To learn more about the camp and ways to support or join it, please visit Stop the Pave.
  2. Support a ban on crude oil tankers off of BC’s coast.  Enbridge Inc has designs on bringing the first-ever crude oil tankers to BC’s coast. The coastal waters near the Great Bear Rainforest are fairly treacherous, and the supertankers would introduce the risk of an oil spill à la BP Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez. We strongly encourage you to check out which federal parties support a tanker ban and to sign the Dogwood Initiative’s petition here.

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Celebrate and enjoy comfort foods created and cooked from the heart. Fifteen Canadian moms of various heritages will share their cuisines, stories and cultures at this family-friendly community cooking event organized by (moms) Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Mary MacKay of Terra Breads. Special guests Tarun Nayar and Sanjay Seran (Delhi 2 Dublin) and Rup Sidhu (BPM) will perform their eclectic mash-up of Punjabi-bhangra-hip-hop. This event is a fundraiser for the UBC Farm and its children’s programs.

Date: Sunday, May 15th, 2011, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road (see website for directions).
Tickets: Tickets are $50 and include a recipe book with each mom’s story and family recipe. One child under 12 is free per paid ticket; tickets for additional children ages 6-11 are $25 (available online only). Children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased at Rangoli, Lower Mainland Choices Markets, or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Visit www.joyoffeeding.com for more details.

Want to help us promote the event? Download, print and display this Joy of Feeding poster (5.1 MB PDF).

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