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PhotobucketMarket Crew Orientations!

Do you enjoy working in a fun, high energy environment?  Are you enthusiastic about local produce? Do you want to get involved with the local food system? If so, consider volunteering at our Saturday Farm Markets. We have organized an orientation which will introduce interested folks to what volunteering at the market is all about. At the orientation you will learn the history of the markets, the different volunteering positions available and the basic skills to help your volunteer shifts run smoothly.

This orientation will also give you an opportunity to meet and mingle with other volunteers. We look forward to a great crew in 2011! *Please register for your session at one of the two links below.*

General Volunteer Orientations

Volunteer orientations are a great chance to learn more about the Farm and various UBC Farm volunteer programs; discover which program piques your interest and how to get involved. We require all new volunteers to attend an orientation. Meet outside the Farm Centre (the building with the brown roof). No need to register, just show up for the session that works for you. Upcoming orientations are scheduled for:

  • Saturday May 21st 2pm-3pm
  • Friday May 27th 3pm-4pm
  • Saturday June 4th 10am-11am
  • Saturday June 11th, 10am-11am
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What the farm looks like this week!

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The event organizers are still catching their breath from all of the hubbub, but it’s clear that attendees at the UBC Farm’s Joy of Feeding fundraiser this past Sunday were enjoying themselves.  The slightly grey, overcast weather seemed to make no difference to the folks who came out to taste scrumptious dishes cooked by 15 moms of various heritage, and there were plenty of fun, hands-on activities for younger audiences as well.

Joy of Feeding was organized by (moms) Mary MacKay of Terra Breads, Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s, and Amy Robertson, past Chair of the Vancouver Farmers Market, along with UBC Farm Programs Manager Amy Frye, Choices Markets Nutrition Operations Manager Nicole Fetterly, and UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems staff members Marcia Thomson and Bobbie Duvall. While providing a venue to share cultural foods and encourage people to cook with unprocessed, local ingredients, the event was a fundraiser for the UBC Farm and its children’s programs.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and to all of the volunteers and moms who helped to make the event such a success!

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Joy of Feeding is an important fundraiser for the UBC Farm and its children’s programs, and there are only four more days until the exciting event!

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 community cooking event organized by (moms) Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Mary MacKay of Terra Breads.

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. Visit www.joyoffeeding.com for details.

Also, check out this clip of Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Rangoli explaining the concept of Joy of Feeding on Urban Rush:

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Participants at Chef Andrea Potter’s “Flatbread Frenzy” UBC Farm Growing Season workshop went home today with a plate full of nutritional knowledge, vegan, gluten-free cooking skills and luscious French socca! In addition to being a Chef, Andrea Potter is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).  Her workshops tend focus on whole foods, and incorporating fermented and sprouted foods in one’s diet. You can find out about her upcoming workshops on the Rooted Nutrition blog: http://rootednutrition.wordpress.com/

Thanks very much to our neighbours at Tapestry for sharing their demonstration kitchen for this workshop!

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