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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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Just a reminder that this Friday, October 29th is the closing date for applications for the 2011 Sowing Seeds for the Future Practicum program, a hands-on, season-long practicum in sustainable agriculture at the UBC Farm. Visit the Sowing Seeds page for full program and application details.

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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is delighted to offer:

Sowing Seeds for the Future

A hands-on, season-long practicum in sustainable agriculture

We are now accepting applications for our 2010 program!

Sowing Seeds 2009

What? ~ The Sowing Seeds Practicum 2010:

Established in 2008, this part-time (600 hour), eight month practicum offers instruction and daily work experience in small-scale sustainable farming.  In a balanced, hands-on learning approach, students work alongside staff in the greenhouse, gardens, fields, and orchard.  Students attend complementary lectures, demonstrations, and farm visits, and participate in a variety of practical and reflective educational activities. Direct marketing activities are also a key part of the experience. The practicum has been designed as a beginning point for aspiring growers, educators and agricultural professionals.

Students come from all backgrounds and are expected to be passionate about pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. A certificate of completion will be issued to students who fulfill the practicum requirements. Further, we support our graduates to make connections within the BC agricultural community, and to seek out mentors to learn with following Sowing Seeds. Please note, Sowing Seeds 2010 is a non-credit course and therefore participants are not eligible for student loans. However, in 2010 we are offering a fee discount for UBC students who register, and successfully earn credits, for a directed studies based on their Sowing Seeds Practicum.

Where? ~ The UBC Farm:

Located at the southern end of the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, on the traditional territory of the Musqueam people, the UBC Farm stewards a 24 ha site as an integrated, working farm system. The UBC Farm is student driven and all practices voluntarily adhere to COABC standards for organic production.  In a given year, we cultivate up to 250 different varieties of annual and perennial crops.

What’s new for 2010?

Following two full seasons, the Sowing Seeds practicum is making several changes to its structure to reflect feedback from our 2008 and 2009 students, our UBC Farm Staff, and our Steering Committee. The information contained on the website and in the Program Overview reflects the current direction of the project .

Sowing Seeds 2009

 

Course Logistics:

Course dates : March 13 – Nov 6, 2010

Course hours : Vary throughout the growing season from 7-21 hours/week. See our Program Overview for details.

Course fee : $3,000

**(UBC Students who register, and successfully earn credits, for a directed studies course based upon their Sowing Seeds Practicum are eligible for a $400 refund)**

Capacity : 10 students


Applications:
Application information is available on our websiteApplication deadline: December 1, 2009.

For more information, please:

  • Visit our Website and download our Program Overview
  • View photos from the 2008 practicum
  • Watch a short video about the practicum in 2008 (scroll down: “A Unique Urban Agriculture Course at UBC Farm”)

Contact information:

If you can’t find the info you need on our website, please contact Elaine Spearing at: ubcfarm.seeds@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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On Saturday Oct 31 all prospective applicants to the 2010 Sowing Seeds for the Future Practicum are invited to attend  a drop-in Open House at the UBC Farm between 2-5pm! Come meet this year’s apprentices and farm staff, tour the site and get your questions answered!

Sowing Seeds field trip to Salt Spring, June 2009*

Sowing Seeds field trip to Salt Spring, June 2009*

For the 2008 and 2009 growing seasons, the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm has been pleased to offer “Sowing Seeds,” a hands-on, season-long apprenticeship-style course in sustainable agriculture. Our second year of the program began in early March 2009 and completes early November 2009.

Now, after two full seasons, Sowing Seeds 2010 is under revision as we consider feedback from our 2008 and 2009 apprentices, our UBC Farm Staff and our Steering Committee.  We believe this evaluation is a critical step in the creation of an excellent program, and we are excited about the continued evolution of Sowing Seeds.  The 2010 course details (including course schedule, dates, fees and application information) will be available on our website shortly. Updated info will also be available at the Open House on Oct 31.  We hope to see you there!

(* Thanks to Nic for sharing his photos!)

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Today was the first market of the season…good timing considering that the strawberries were harvested for the first time on Thursday!! This was also the first market for a number of Farm Staff, Market Crew volunteers, and Sowing Seeds Farm Apprentices. With team work and guidance from more experienced folks, it came off as a resounding success for all involved!!

Getting Ready...

Getting Ready...

Tents were quickly pitched and humble Rubbermaid produce tubs yielded luscious displays of colour and texture at the market tables. Fresh radishes and strawberries practically glowed, while the garlic scapes, mizuna, mustard, arugula, and spinach looked good enough to, well, eat! Eggs were carefully stacked, and aromas from freshly-cut mint, sage, oregano, and winter savoury wafted temptingly around, as buckets of towering foxgloves bobbed above heads on their way to the flower table.

Almost time to open!

Almost time...

Here come the foxgloves!!

Here comes the foxglove!!

Farm fresh mint harvest!

Farm fresh mint harvest!

Open for Business 2009!

Open for Business 2009!

Spirits were high among farm crew and customers alike, and nearly everyone was able to breathe deeply and enjoy the refreshing experience of finding themselves on a working farm in the middle of the city with the sun shining and the birds singing. However, peace and tranquility were definitely optional with all of the other kickoff events happening around the farm! These included a 100-Mile Pancake Breakfast presented by the 100-Mile Diet Society, a Children’s Area with farm games and activities, farm tours, live music, tool sharpening by Henk Seys (Lee Valley Tools), and bike tune ups courtesy of the UBC Bike Kitchen.

Bike Kitchen Glory

Bike Kitchen Glory

The 100-Mile Pancake Breakfast was especially exciting, since fresh food is practically always on the minds of hardworking farm staff and apprentices! By the time most of us arrived, the farm kitchen was already bustling with multiple portable burners, steam trays, and an apron-clad crew, led by Chef Ian Lai. Since the pancakes were served near the market, there was also a pancake runner, who could be seen sprinting around throughout the morning with trays of pancakes for hungry breakfast goers. The meal itself featured milk from Avalon Dairy, eggs and mint from the UBC farm, soft white wheat flour from the Flour Peddler (Agassiz), yogurt from Olympic Dairy Products Ltd., blueberry honey from James Honey Bees, and strawberries from Maan Farms. The Pancake Breakfast was not only in honour of the season’s first market, but was also celebrating the launch of the 100-Mile Diet Society’s new Foodshed Map, a collaborative piece by local writers and artists designed to educate the public about local and sustainable food systems.

The pancake factory!

The pancake factory!

Serving up 100-mile breakfast.

Serving up 100-mile breakfast.

Some of the children at the market enjoyed the farm games, while others practiced harvesting one of the UBC farm’s most plentiful and reliable crops: rocks!! (Note: the staff and apprentices are experts at this task!).  Some children also found that rolling down the hill after breakfast was the activity of choice. A few children who were past participants of the Farm Wonders Summer Camp and/or the school-based Landed Learning Program took the time to show their families around the Children’s Garden—it turns out that food knowledge can be passed up generations as well as down!

Coffee Sack Race!

Coffee Sack Race!

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Rocks....the most reliable perennial.

Rocks....the most reliable perennial.

As the sun rose higher in the sky, produce made its way into a variety of reusable bags and baskets, pancakes ran low, and herbs began their final journey toward the salad bowl, soup pot, or mojito. Staff, volunteers, and apprentices gradually wound down the event and looked forward to an afternoon spent in the field, encouraging growth for next Saturday’s bounty. Hope to see you there!

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When I was a child and asked the question “What do you want to be when you go up?”, becoming a farmer was not an option. Even while my grandfather was an orchardist, my own father was encouraged to attend university so that he would not have to face the hard work of continuing the family farm.  Farming was not a valued profession.

At last, I think this might be changing.  Recently I was inspired when I came across an article about the “face of new farmers” in Colorado.  It was interesting to read the profile of this group as they closely resemble the apprentices at UBC Farm.  Like us, the new farmers described in the article come from a  wide range of backgrounds; often from urban areas, often women, often with university degrees, professional credentials and years of work experience in various fields.  I found this comforting because I will accept any and all reassurance  as I finally set out on this journey towards becoming a farmer.

As autumn sets in and our apprenticeship at UBC Farm nears its end, we have been talking more and more about our future plans.  For me, starting a farm is not only daunting for all the challenges of organic agriculture, but also because of social expectations and ideas around what it means to be successful. I hope I can reconcile this by managing a farm that brings me both a livelihood and joy in my daily work.

To read to full article about new farmers in Colorado go to: http://www.ediblefrontrange.com/pages/issues/spring08/pdfs/theFace.pdf

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The 2008 Sowing Seeds for the Future Apprenticeship in Organic Agriculture is quickly drawing to an end, and we are now accepting applications for the 2009 program! It has been an incredible first season and we are looking forward to expanding and improving through our second year.  By blending theory with practice, the Sowing Seeds Program offers aspiring growers a unique opportunity to gain the fundamental skills of organic agriculture.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sowing Seeds Apprenticeship there are a few options available:

1) Program and application information is available on the UBC Farm website.  Our 10 page Program Overview document (found on our website) should answer most of your questions.  You can also see photos of the 2008 program on our Flickr account.

2) Come visit us! We have a few information events scheduled in the coming weeks:

  • Drop-in Open House: Saturday October 11, 2008, 3-6pm. Come on by, tour the site, meet Farm staff and the 2008 apprentices, and get your questions answered!
  • If you cannot attend the Open House please contact Sarah (ubcfarm.interns@gmail.com) to register for a smaller program orientation. Depending on demand we will be offering orientations on Tuesday October 7, 5-6pm and/or Thursday October 9, 5-6pm.  Participation in orientations is by registration only.

3) Contact us! If you cannot find the information you need on our website, please contact Sarah at: ubcfarm.interns@gmail.com or by phone at: 604-822-5092.

The Sowing Seeds Apprenticeship is Growing Growers  :0)

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