The UBC Farm Centre is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a $1 million gift from the RBC Foundation. RBC’s investment in the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) makes them the first major donor committed to helping construct a new eco-friendly building at the UBC Farm, which will be used for research, teaching and community learning.
“As our first community investor into our infrastructure, RBC accelerates the UBC Farm’s local and global impact as a prototyping site for exportable solutions relevant to communities worldwide,” said Amy Frye, Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.
The proposed infrastructure will enable CSFS to be a global gathering place to create solutions addressing every part of the food system, from sustaining honeybee populations to promoting the next generation of farmers’ access to land. Plans for the site includes research labs, classrooms, kitchens, flexible working spaces for community groups, increased space for crop preservation and seed saving, and meeting spaces for hands-on learning that are integrated into the farmland landscape.