A panel of experts discussed the trends that UBC Farm’s research, teaching and community programs will need to address during the next 100 years of farming at UBC at a special dialogue on September 18.
Held at the Allard School of Law, more than 180 people attended the Centennial Session on Critical Issues in Land and Food Systems, a dialogue series created by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems as part of UBC’s Centennial celebrations. It’s been 100 years since UBC welcomed its first class of 379 students, and the university is celebrating 100 years of learning, research innovation, and community engagement.
“The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is one of the university’s three founding Faculties, so it seems only fitting that we celebrate 100 years of farming at UBC,” said Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems and host of the event.
Although its size, location and purpose have changed over the years, a farm has been a part of UBC’s Vancouver campus since the university was established in 1915.
“By focusing on food production and the stewardship of our land and water, the UBC Farm is a key part of UBC’s emergence as a global leader in sustainability,” added Yada.
The event was moderated by Jack Wong, CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, and a strong supporter of UBC Farm. Earlier this year, The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia generously invested $1 million in support of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm.
Panelists included Arran Stephens, Co-CEO, Co-Founder and Garden Keeper, Natures Path (see sidebar), Hannah Wittman, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Parm Bains, President and CEO, Westberry Farms – and an alum of our Faculty (BSc Ag ’79), Joseph Fung, Principal Director of Fairchild Capital Management and Keisha Charnley, Undergraduate student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Volunteer at the Indigenous Health and Research Garden at UBC Farm.
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Presented in partnership with: UBC Centennial Initiative, BC Blueberry Council, Nature’s Path Organic Foods, Real Estate Foundation of BC, Westberry Farms, Fairchild Capital Management, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm.