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We met up on a beautiful sunny autumn day to explore the UBC Farm for our first farm walkabout this season. Here is some of what we found during our exploration!

We will have more walkabouts throughout the year. Please join us to learn more about all that the UBC Farm has to offer while breathing fresh air – rain or shine!

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On October 15 and 16, 2011 we’re excited to be joining the UBC Botanical Garden Apple FestivalIn addition to a booth on-site at the festival both days, we will be offering tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Orchard on Saturday October 15 at 10am, noon and 2pm.

The UBC Farm Heritage Orchard was designed, grafted and planted as a student Directed Study beginning in 2005.  A sanctuary for apple culture, the orchard is composed of ~120 trees, including ~70 varieties of apples and a handful of plums.  2011 marks our first year of significant harvest for market sales and the orchard is producing gorgeous apples. Come visit this urban agricultural gem for tours with UBC Farm staff who care for the orchard on SATURDAY October 15!  Meet at the UBC Farm entrance gate. No UBC Farm orchard tours will be offered on Sunday.

For more about the UBC Farm Orchard, check out this older post on the blog .

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The fresh autumn air welcome all with the generous harvest of the season.   Acorn, Cinderella, Chucky and Delicata chatter excitingly in their harvest crates- wondering who will enjoy them in craft and cooking!

What a wonderful time of abundance and hunkering down!  Come on out to the UBC Farm Pumpkin Patch and bring home a Jack O Lantern, Sugar or Baby Pumpkin – stop by, the gates are open from 9am-5pm Tuesday through Saturdays.  And of course our campus and farm markets are offering fabulous fall produce in many shades and tastes of green, orange, red, yellow,  and blue!

Enjoy a virtual UBC Farm fall walkabout through these pictures, and hope to see you soon.  With warmth and community!

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Summer is still on here at the farm AT LEAST until the Fall Equinox on the 21st!  The cooler air is somewhat refreshing, and plays along with the continued buzzing of the fields and Harvest Hut.  As for many, there is the continued movement with the school year almost upon us as well.  Yipppee!  Fall is great: harvest and abundance, processing and preserving, enjoying every moment of sunshine and clear skies.

Markets are going strong through October and there is still plenty of time to get your hands dirty, your bellies full of fresh produce and frolic with fun-ness.  Our annual FarmAde is a couple short weeks away, hope to see you all there!  Volunteer positions are now up online.

Enjoy a stroll through these images of the past few weeks at the farm!

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The annual celebration of food, community and the UBC Farm is coming up on Friday, Sept 16, 2011.  We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike for a stompin’ good time featuring fresh local music, BBQ, corn on the cob, farm tours, children’s area, beverage garden and oh so much more!

Volunteers play an important role in ensuring the fun and success of the 9th Annual FarmAde.  There are a wide range of volunteer tasks available from morning until evening on Sept 16.  This year we are stepping it up a notch in our support of sustainable transportation and are currently seeking Shuttle Van Drivers and assistance with coordinating a Bike Valetservice.  Stay tuned for a list of additional, general volunteer positions, coming soon!FarmAde Volunteers receive a free one of a kind t-shirt along with meal and beverage tickets.
Please email Margaret at lfsglobalpartnerships@gmail.com if you’d like to come on board as a shuttle van driver or bicycle valet volunteer!  Feel free to drop me a line if you’re interested in general FarmAde volunteer opportunities as well.
Shuttle Van Drivers
– One of our most prestigious volunteer positions!
– Must be Age 25+ with a valid driver’s license
– Seeking 9 volunteer drivers
– Pick up and drop off FarmAde attendees through our free, on-campus shuttle van service
– Must attend a route orientation prior to the event
– Shifts available from 2:30-5pm, 5-7:30pm, and 7:30-10pm
Bike Valet
a) Bicycle Valet Coordinator
– Must be available prior to FarmAde and on the day of the event
Organize the printing of tickets to affix to bikes and distribute to bicycle owners at the valet entrance
– Coordinate bike parking attendant volunteers
Solicit donations for a prize draw to offer cyclists (optional)
– Will be trained by our FarmAde Volunteer Coordinator
– Experience in volunteer coordination looks excellent on a resume! We are happy to provide a letter of reference to the well-suited candidate.
b) General Bicycle Valet Volunteers
– Responsible for receiving, monitoring and returning bikes at the Valet
– Shifts: 2:30-5pm, 4-6:30pm, and 6:30-9pm.

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We had our first big Friday harvest today in preparation for our farm gate sale. Ever wonder what it takes to get all that farm-fresh produce ready for market? Check it out!

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