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Dear Friends of the UBC Farm,

Please note that next Tuesday, June 28 from 4:30-7pm, UBC Campus and Community Planning will be hosting a Public Open House to amend the South Campus Neighbourhood Plan. This Open House is taking place in order to integrate the Neighbourhood Plan with the recently amended Land Use Plan.

Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 28th
Place: MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall
FMI: Stefani.lu@ubc.ca or visit this C+CP page.

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the amendment process and provide input. Thank you for your ongoing support for the UBC Farm, and we hope that you will attend and take part in this important consultation process! We would particularly appreciate your support and advocacy on the following issues:

  1. The process will allow for residential density to be transferred from the UBC Farm to sites that have not yet been developed. In keeping with sustainable community planning and  design principles, Friends of the UBC Farm supports increased density in Wesbrook Place.
  2. Further, we suggest that adjacent and proximate lots be designed with consideration of farm views, access and impact, and that the eagle’s nest tree habitat in the area be carefully protected.
  3. We support integrating the lands formerly occupied by BC Research into the Neighbourhood Plan.
  4. Within the provision for a new greenway, we support a design for a main UBC Farm boundary greenway that retains a natural forest structure and understory.
  5. The Wesbrook Place Rd and greenway network should facilitate efficient access and egress to the UBC Farm, ensuring good cycling and pedestrian routes and parking, adequate motor vehicle parking for community events, transit routes and stops, and well-designed connections to on-campus greenways and road networks.
  6. Ensuring consideration of the UBC Farm’s capacity to assimilate and re-use materials and energy from the neighbourhood, including but not restricted to stormwater, surplus heat in wastewater, district heating infrastructure, organic wastes, as well as timber and soil from clearing and construction.
  7. Supporting community programming connections between the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood such as community gardening, recreation, public events and gatherings, and community education initiatives
  8. Incorporating the developments in Wesbrook Place into UBC-based academic studies of design, construction and functioning of sustainable urban development
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Campus sales Wednesday Sept 9th

The Farm will be doing its weekly sale outside of the UBC Bookstore this Wednesday, Sept 9th, but with a slight time change. The sale this week is from 12:30-2:30. We are trying an extended time frame to accommodate all the demand we are receiving from campus customers. You can expect to see a great variety of produce tomorrow, including:

Arugula
Beans – bush, pole & French filet
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Flower Petals
Kale
Kohlrabi
Mizuna
Mustard greens
Parsley
Radishes
Salad Mix
Swiss Chard
Winter Squash

Let your friends & colleagues know! Cash only, please bring your own bags. Please note we will NOT be at the Main St. market this week.

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Campus sales today!

Just letting you know we will be having a mid-week sale today, Wed, July 15th outside the MacMillan building (2357 Main Mall) from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Stop by for some farm-fresh produce, including good supplies of our popular salad mix, radishes, raspberries, beets, snow & snap peas, arugula, garlic scapes, basil, edible flower petals, etc.. Cash only please, and don’t forget to bring your own bags.

Also – last chance to get your tickets for this weekend’s Outstanding in the Field dinner at the UBC Farm!

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We have an exciting week ahead of us! The Great Farm Trek is just around the corner and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to: greatfarmtrek@ams.ubc.ca with the phrase “I want to volunteer for the Trek!” in the subject line and state in the email body:

1. Who you are
2. When you are available (ie: all day the 7th, a few days before and day of, once a week for 2 hours until Trek, 3-6pm on day of)
3. Whether you have first aid or CPR training and what level (you will not be turned down if you do not have this)
4. Whether you have a car you are willing to use that day for hauling goods/people (I imagine the AMS can reimburse you for mileage, but I don’t know this for sure, so it’s best to ask).

Thanks for any help you can offer. Together we can make the Great Farm Trek an amazing event!

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Sustainability survey for UBC students

If you are a UBC student, filling out this survey and highlighting the importance of the UBC Farm to sustainability education on campus will be a key way to show that the Farm is an important part of UBC’s sustainability education. This survey will inform the President’s Academic Sustainability Plan, so it is important to have the Farm be a strong component of the feedback they receive. Please take a moment to fill it out. Also, please take a minute to forward the link to any student listservs that you may be a part of and let them know this is a key way to show their support for UBC Farm and its importance to sustainability research and learning at UBC.

Thanks,

Friends of the UBC Farm

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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABILITY

UBC aims to improve its current academic offerings on sustainability. Both UBC and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems would appreciate your input to help us do this. We want to hear your voice and know what aspects of sustainability are important to you.

Please take 10 minutes to provide feedback through completing an online survey.

The survey is jointly conducted by the Working Group on Academic Programs of the President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Office. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jean Marcus (E-mail: jean.marcus@ubc.ca).

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Hello friends,

Last Thursday those who attended the meeting voted on which candidates FotF will be endorsing for the upcoming AMS and Board of Governors (BoG) elections. Most (if not all) candidates running for executive positions in the AMS and the Board of Governors include “saving the Farm” in their platforms. It has become very clear in election debates this past week that only a few of the candidates can articulate what that means and have the political experience to make the farm a priority for the AMS this coming year.

Having a strong AMS executive and BoG student reps. is essential for university affairs and decision making regarding the farm and other important issues at UBC (especially development!). For more information about the structure of the AMS and BoG, candidates’ platforms, debate schedules and election details please visit the AMS website.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at UBC, PLEASE VOTE!!! These elections are important. Click through for our endorsements…

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Terry* Contest: Build an eco-gingerbread house

Check out this great contest that was held by Terry*, the fantastic and creative interdisciplinary project out of UBC. Bake for a Change asked participants to create an eco-gingerbread house over winter break and submit a photo record. I love that the resultant entries have all the traditional, sacharine stylings of gingerbread architecture, but with that added LEED touch. The entries are still being posted for this year’s contest, but last year’s winners can be found here.

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