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Paper-making & Farm walkabout

The Friends of the UBC Farm  held their first walkabout and workshop of 2013 yesterday morning. The sun even came out to greet us as we took a walk around the farm, spotting many different bird species among the fields and trees. We spotted a few varieties growing in the fields, including beets, kale, collard greens, and various herbs. After the tour we made seed paper and little soil pots using recycled newsprint, a variety of seeds, and dried flowers from the UBC Farm. It was a nice way to end the week and start off the weekend!

Coming up in February and March, FoTF will be holding an outreach booth at the Environmental Fair in Gage Residence on Feb 26 (6-8pm) and on March 15 we’ll be at the UBC Farm Student Symposium at the SUB (9-5pm) – Hope to see you there!

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Une vignette de fraises

Because this most adored of aggregate accessory fruits is so short-lived, we made a special effort to capture a few moments of strawberry-savouring over the past week.

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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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Thanks to everyone who made it out to FarmAde last Friday.

Many thanks also to our wonderful volunteers and to the tireless Nancy Toogood for spearheading this event with such zeal for the eighth year in a row!  Without you, FarmAde would simply not have taken place. Our home brewing workshop host, Danny Seeton, also deserves a special shout out for having enthusiastically led a workshop for over 4 hours amidst a painful headache, which he only revealed to us the end of the day.

With about 1300 smiling attendees strolling through the UBC Farm gates, this year was our best attended FarmAde.  It was such a pleasure to see so many familiar faces and to welcome folks who had never been to the UBC Farm. This annual event is a very important part of promoting awareness about the UBC Farm, the opportunities that it offers for academic and community involvement, and also for supporting its land security.

Amidst all of the bustle on Friday, we realize that FarmAde did not take place without a few inevitable rough patches.  In particular, we apologize for challenges with the shuttle busing.  We greatly appreciate your understanding with such matters, and we welcome input about how we can make the event more enjoyable next year.  Also, we’d gladly appreciate any pictures from the day that you would be willing to share with us (friendsoftheubcfarm@gmail.com)!

Photos courtesy of Annie, Justin, Sang and Nicole.

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We will need plenty of volunteers from morning until evening on Friday, Sept 17 to help us make this fun annual fundraiser a success!

Volunteer tasks range from shucking corn, overseeing site waste management, taking photos of the event, assisting with BBQing and helping to tidy up at the end of the day. In particular, we are looking volunteers with a valid driver’s license to help with transporting equipment and driving FarmAde campus-to-UBC-Farm shuttle bus.

FarmAde Volunteers receive a free t-shirt along with meal and beverage tickets. Please email anelyse.m.weiler@gmail.com if you’d like to join our crew of wonderful, energetic volunteers. Regardless of whether you are volunteering, we look forward to seeing you on September 17th!

Dancing up a storm at FarmAde 2008.

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If you’re interested in volunteering with the UBC Farm the first step is to join us for an orientation session. We’ll be holding a general orientation today, Tuesday July 28 from1-2:30pm.

Following the general orientation, our market coordinator Vanessa will be holding a market crew-specific orientation from 5:30-6:30pm. We’re still trying to line up volunteers for the remaining markets this year, so we’d love to have your help.

UPDATE! Tonight’s market orientation is canceled, but will be rescheduled soon. Stay tuned!

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Volunteers amidst the potatoes in the LFS Orchard Garden last year

Volunteers amidst the potatoes in the LFS Orchard Garden last year

The LFS Orchard Garden will have it’s first volunteer shift this Monday July 13th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Orchard Garden behind MacMillan Building. It will be a great way for anyone interested in Urban Agriculture to come and take a look at a “real life” plot.

(Map to MacMillan Building for those who have not been there before or in a while: map link)

Tasks

Monday’s volunteer activities will depend on what we get done on Friday. Potential tasks include:

-Mulching/creating a pathway down the side of the garden

-Turning over our herb patch and clearing out the side of the garden

-Seeding kale and purple sprouting broccoli in the greenhouse

-Weeding and/or hilling the potato patch

Contact Tegan at lfsgarden@gmail.com for more info!

About the LFS Orchard Garden

The LFSOG (Land and Food Systems Orchard Garden) had its beginnings in the spring of 2007 as the “LFS Garden at MacMillan Building (LFSGAMB),” a directed studies project by former Global Resource Systems (GRS) student, Lin Steedman (2007).

The LFSOG is still in its infancy, yet developing to be a world class practical demonstration site for garden-scale urban agriculture. Ideally, we are aiming to act as a catalyst in the spread of the urban agricuture movement within the faculty of Land and Food Systems and the community at UBC; to increase the awareness, interest and engagement city farming as a part of the Center for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC.

The garden is a good place to come if you aren’t available for farm volunteer shifts, have never worked on a farm before but are interested in getting your feet wet, and/or would just like to get outside (and dirty) for a while!

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