Issue 22 | Fall 2014

Borrowing the farm

Faced with the financial barriers of purchasing farmland, many young farmers have turned to find alternative models of land access, including incubator farms, co-operative farming and land linking.

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A Message from the Dean

“We are a faculty of superheroes.”

Newly appointed Land and Food Systems Dean Rickey Yada offers his thoughts on the role of the Faculty in taking on today’s global issues and his goals for the next five years.


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Professor Murray Isman

After nine years as Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Murray Isman shares a farewell address. Under Prof. Isman’s leadership, undergraduate enrollment rose by 40% and three new professional masters programs were established.

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Food Science Alum Creates SIPsoda

Land and Food Systems alum Jennifer Martin has combined her passion for food science with her business expertise to create SIPsoda. With enticing flavours such as rosemary lime and lavender lemon peel, Martin has created a unique drink with a lot of potential.


UBC Farm Yurt

Mongolian-style Yurt is a Unique and Sustainable Addition to UBC Farm

UBC Farm is expanding in a unique way–a Mongolian-style yurt has just been built. A future home for workshops, children’s programs, events and lectures, this yurt is a sustainable and exciting expansion for the Farm.


Farewell, Amy Frye

UBC Farm’s Amy Frye steps down after three years as Director with plans to start a farm of her own. Frye has made significant contributions to the Farm, with a special focus on the upcoming construction of a new Farm Centre.


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Enhancing the Bee Habitat at the UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm tackles the critical issue of the planet’s declining bee population alongside Shifting Growth, a local organization which transforms unused land into temporary farming and gardening spaces. Goals include increasing biodiversity at the Farm and improving the bee habitat at UBC.

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Proposed UBC Farm Centre Receives $1 Million Gift from RBC Foundation

Thanks to a generous $1 million donation from the RBC Foundation, the UBC Farm Centre is a step closer to becoming a reality. The proposed centre will serve as a space for a variety of community programs and will assist the Farm in finding solutions to building sustainable local and global food systems.

Birds and the Beans farmers

Classmates Turn Farm Dream into a Reality

Despite difficult access to farmland, four LFS graduates have successfully pursued their dreams of starting a farm. Known as The Birds and the Beans, their farm has already won the 2013 Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Business of the Year award. The four sell produce at farmers markets, to local restaurants and through community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes.

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UBC Climate Station

In today’s world, climate data is key to understanding climate change and other weather shifts that our planet is experiencing. LFS Professor Andy Black has been instrumental in recording climate information at UBC and explains that a new climate station is expected at the UBC Farm.


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Walkabout Thursdays at the UBC Farm

Students enrolled in the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture were offered a chance this past summer to be a part of “Walkabout Thursdays.” This series of lectures, taking place throughout the Farm, provided students with an opportunity to engage with faculty and learn more about a variety of agricultural topics.

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Julie Wilson on Innovative Approaches to Stormwater Management

Julie Wilson, Academic Coordinator for the Masters of Land and Water Systems program, shares the realities of stormwater management and its importance for Vancouver, suggesting individual changes be made at home to help prevent stormwater runoff and create a healthy and sustainable environment.


Tony Farrell part of research study on Atlantic salmon ability to adjust to warmer temperatures

Surprising findings from recent studies based at UBC and the University of Oslo have found that Atlantic salmon can adjust to warmer waters better than predicted. With rising water temperatures as a result of climate change, these results are of critical importance.


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Read on to find out about recent awards and honours gifted to faculty and students within LFS. These tributes recognize the valuable contribution of LFS researchers to the fields of global health, education, and international nutrition, among others.


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Will Valley, Instructor, LFS Core Series

Will Valley, former project coordinator for the Think&EatGreen@School project and one of the founders of Inner City Farms, was hired as an instructor for our Land, Food and Community core series last July. Valley stresses the importance of experiential learning and community engagement.

eugenia kwok

Applied Animal Biology Undergrad Studies the Welfare of Stray Dogs in Brazil

Fourth year Applied Animal Biology student Eugenia Kwok received an incredible opportunity studying stray dog populations in Campo Largo, Brazil thanks to a $5,000 Mitacs Globalink Rsearch Award. Her research focuses on the welfare of stray dogs and responsible pet ownership.