When Véronik Campbell finished her MSc at Dalhousie in 2010, she was curious about east coast/west coast differences in food sustainability. That curiosity led her to Vancouver and eventually to the UBC Farm, where the Montréal native now works as Academic Coordinator.
Campbell, who also holds a certificate in teaching and learning from Dalhousie, as well as a BSc in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (’07), is responsible for coordinating the Farm’s teaching and research activities.
“We engage/learn/work with more than 60 different courses from 10 different UBC faculties and schools every year,” she said. “That is more than 3,000 UBC students involved in enriched and hands-on internships or course based projects every year.”
Students like those in our capstone LFS 450 course (Land, Food and Community III). LFS students take part in the UBC Food Systems Project, a collaborative, community-based action research project that is working to transform UBC’s food system towards sustainability, and addressing how food is produced and disposed of.
“The Farm completely embodies the idea of a university as a living lab. Students can come here and directly apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom,” said Campbell. “We are helping to build the future generation of food sustainability leaders — students with theoretical and applied skills who can deal with complex system issues.”
Plans are in the works to further support student learning and research at the Farm with the construction of a new Farm Centre. This unprecedented learning and research facility will allow us to study and learn about developing socially, ecological, and economically viable food systems.
“The new Farm Centre will increase research capacity tremendously and allow us to focus on every part of the food system. We already have an amazing foundation, but the Farm Centre will take us to the next level.”
To find out how you can get involved with the UBC Farm Centre project, please visit https://startanevolution.ubc.ca/projects/ubc-farm-centre/