Farmers in Canada are aging but the younger generation of growers is encountering barriers to entering the profession, including the cost of land, machinery, and infrastructure. In response, the Richmond Food Security Society has developed the Richmond Incubator Farm project. The Project leases land at affordable rates to novice farmers and purchases smallscale equipment for co-operative use.
Students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems worked with the Society to research resources and provide information for novice farmers. In 2010/11, 1,642 UBC students participated in curricular community service learning and community-based research through the UBC-Community Learning Initiative and the UBC Learning Exchange. These students worked with 90 non-profit organizations, 23 public schools and 21 small- to medium-sized businesses.
Courtesy of UBC in Your Community: http://governmentrelations.ubc.ca/files/2012/05/UBCIYC2012MayRICH.pdf