Issue 14 Fall 2010

Tea with a Conscience

When it comes to tea, there are a million different varieties to choose from; not many of them, however, can help make a difference in the lives of farmers half a world away. Marise May, a graduate of our Nutritional Sciences program (2003), and her husband, Chanaka Kurera, started Sahana Ayurvedic Products, Inc. in May’s […]

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International Nutrition Students

Lessons from Rwanda

Six of our International Nutrition students put their knowledge into practice as part of a nutrition project in Rwanda this past spring. Led by Judy McLean, Adjunct Professor, Food, Nutrition & Health, the students spent between six weeks and three months in Rwanda, working in partnership with local students to conduct a household survey on […]

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Ronaldo Cerri, Assistant Professor, Animal Reproduction

Brazilian-born Ronaldo Cerri joined our Faculty in September in the newly created role of Assistant Professor in Animal Reproduction. Earlier this year, Cerri finished his post-doctoral research at the University of Florida and prior to that, he completed his MSc and PhD at the University of California, Davis. His original plan, when he was in veterinary […]

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UBC Farm Sustainabili-tea

The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation rewarded one of our students with a $25,000 grant for her green idea earlier this year. Queenie Bei, a third-year student in our Global Resource Systems program, and her team received the funds as part of the annual TD Friends of the Environment Foundation’s $100,000 Go Green Challenge, […]

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Agriculture in the City

Our Faculty took part in the annual Agriculture in the City event April 23-25, 2010 at Metrotown Centre in Burnaby. Led by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, the event coincided with Earth Day weekend and featured interactive displays and live presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry. Our Faculty display was focused on the blueberry […]

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Community Volunteers Make a Difference at UBC Farm

Almost 100 volunteers from Concert Properties took part in a special community building project at UBC Farm on June 10, 2010. Over the course of an afternoon, volunteers removed invasive species such as blackberries and other perennial weeds, and built 10 picnic tables and a hoop house. “The hoop house will allow us to increase […]

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Sowing the Seeds for the Future

For the past two years, The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm has offered aspiring growers, educators and agricultural professionals the opportunity to further their education through a practicum in sustainable agriculture. The Sowing Seeds for the Future program is a part-time, eight month practicum that offers instruction and daily work experience in […]

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Joel Salatin Visits the Faculty

Joel Salatin, American farmer, author, and proponent of sustainable agriculture, paid a visit to our Faculty on Monday, September 27. Salatin gained international recognition after he was profiled in Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He was also featured in the documentaries Food Inc and Fresh. He shared stories and insights based […]

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Lending Students a Helping Hand

Finishing an undergraduate or graduate degree is an achievement and often one of life’s milestones.  But obtaining that degree is not easy, especially if paying for education is a hardship. “The time I spent as a student in this Faculty meant so much to me,” said Sig Peterson, class of 1948. “It helped to shape […]

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Home Economics Reunion

Hundreds of alumni returned to campus May 28-29, 2010 as part of UBC Alumni Weekend. The annual event presents a great opportunity for former classmates to get reacquainted with each other and with the campus. This year, the Home Economics Class of 1980 gathered for their 30-year reunion. Although the School of Family and Nutritional […]

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Launch of Faculty Video

UBC’s International Student Initiative created a 7 minute recruitment video for our Faculty that beautifully highlights the UBC Farm and our Global Resource Systems program. The video includes interviews with GRS graduates Blake Hanacek, Afton Halloran and Laura-Ashley Wright, each of whom enthusiastically speak about their experience as a student in our Faculty.

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FNH Culinary Lab Renovations

Renovations to the FNH Culinary Lab were recently completed. Located on the first floor in our Food, Nutrition and Health building (2205 East Mall), the beautiful facility includes six kitchen stations and a demonstration kitchen that will allow our students to learn from some of Vancouver’s top chefs. Students from all over the world come […]

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Roseline Ampitheatre Opens

On June 19, 2010, friends and family of Roseline Sturdy gathered at the UBC Botanical Garden’s beautiful new amphitheatre named in her honour. A long-time supporter of the Garden, Roseline Sturdy passed away in 2008. Her husband, Morgan, generously donated a large portion of the funds needed to build the amphitheatre. Located in the northeast […]

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UBC Apple Festival

The Fall season just wouldn’t be the same without the annual UBC Apple Festival. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the popular family event and will take place October 16 and 17, 2010 from 11am-4pm at the UBC Botanical Garden. More than 30,000 lbs of apples and hundreds of apple trees are sold to […]

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Agassiz Slow Food Tour

Three hundred men, women and children pedaled into UBC’s Dairy Education and Research Centre Saturday, August 21 as part of Slow Food Vancouver’s fourth annual cycling tour. The Dairy Centre was a favorite among many of the cyclists, who meandered through more than a dozen of Agassiz’ well known slow food hot spots during the […]

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