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Sustainability : UBC Food System : educational role of UBC Farm De Cook, Barb; Dhudwal, Parminder; Hackett, Mignon; Mak, Catherine; Ng, Kay; Toth, ldiko; Wakaki, Izumi Apr 3, 2002

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UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report       Sustainability: UBC Food System Educational Role of UBC Farm Barb De Cook, Parminder Dhudwal, Mignon Hackett, Catherine Mak, Kay Ng, Ildiko Toth, Izumi Wakaki  University of British Columbia AGSC 450 April 11, 2002           Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report”.       Sustainability: UBC Food System Educational Role of UBC Farm Group 2 Barb De Cook Parminder Dhudwal Mignon Hackett Catherine Mak Kay Ng Ildiko Toth Izumi Wakaki       AGSC 450        April 3, 2002                                                                                                                                                                  AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m Abstract  T he re are two barri ers that must b e ove rcom e to rea ch econom ic , envi ronme ntal and soci al sust a i na bi l it y of the UBC Food Syst e m ; the lac k of awa re ne ss of wha t a sust a ina bl e food syst e m is, and the disc onne ct i on of the UBC comm uni t y from the natural envi ronm e nt tha t woul d support suc h a syst e m .  This can be achi e ve d through educa ti on, spe c i fi ca l l y using the UBC Farm .  The Farm provi de s a vita l link for stude nt s, sta ff and fac ul t y betwee n the consumpt i on and produc ti on of food and can be use d to deve l op a strong sense of communi t y and inform c omm uni t y membe rs about sust a i na bl e food product i on.   Introduction  In the Trek 2000 document, one of the stated goals is to make UBC “a model of a sustainable c om muni t y and campus: safe , clea n, liva bl e , and envi ronm e nta l l y fri e ndl y 1” .  A sust a i na bl e food syst e m on the UBC campus woul d be one that rec ogni ze s and respe c t s not onl y the envi ronme nta l compone nt s and impl ic a tions of the food syst e m , but both the soci a l and econom i c fact ors as well .  In orde r to tra nsit i on to a sust a i na ble food syst e m the UBC populat i on nee ds to take an acti ve role in maki ng cha nge s, whic h fost e r and support this tra nsit i on.  Howe ve r, the dri vi ng forc e for suc h a cha nge in the UBC communi t y is lac ki ng due to a low leve l of awa re ne ss and knowl e dge surroundi ng sust a i na bl e food syst e m s, and the envi ronm e nt in whic h the y ope ra t e .  Jack Kloppe nburg poses a question that is central to this problem, “ How can we act responsibly and effectively if we do not underst a nd how the food syst e m works and our rol e withi n it 2 ?”  At UBC the two barrie rs to this unde rsta ndi ng are the lac k of awa re ne ss of wha t a sust a i na ble food syst e m is, and the disc onnec ti on of the UBC communi t y from the natura l envi ronm e nt that woul d support suc h a syst e m .                                                                                                                                                            AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m Problem Definition What is sustainability? T o be sust ai na bl e , the UBC Food Syst e m must be envi ronm e nta l l y, soc i a l l y and econom i ca ll y via bl e . The natura l envi ronm e nt provi de s resource s for inte ra c tion, growth, and suc c e ss, an d it is the founda t i on for a susta i na bl e UBC Food Syst e m . The re fore , the UBC comm uni t y shoul d respec t and prote ct the envi ronm e nt by suppo rt i ng progra m s suc h as buy loc a l , nutri e nt rec yc l i ng, and composti ng. The se progra m s not only prot ec t natura l capit al , the y also help the UBC Food Syst e m to bec om e self -re l ia nt . Toge t he r with effe c t i ve mana ge me nt , the UBC Food Syst e m can be profi t a bl e , and at the same time , be able to reinvest in the UBC comm uni t y to prom ot e educa t ion and part i ci pat i on withi n the campus a nd in soci e t y. Publ i c educa ti on and invol ve m e nt cont ri but e to a healt hy and sust a i na ble envi ronm e nt , soci et y and econom y. As food is esse nt ia l to eve ryone , fac ul t ie s, sta ff and stude nts in the UBC comm unit y, toge t he r with the publi c at large , shoul d be uni fi e d and invol ve d in mainta i ni ng the sust a i na bil ity of the UBC Food Syst e m .     Va l ue Assum pti ons Our desi re to make the UBC Food Syst e m sust a i nabl e is founde d on comm uni t y base d and wea k anthropoc e nt ri c ethic a l princi ple s.  We strongl y beli e ve that indi vi dua l choi c e s shoul d be consi de re d and eva l uat e d base d on the impac t that the acti ons will h ave on the comm unit y, not just the indi vi dua l .  Although for this proje ct the comm uni t y is defi ne d geo gra phi ca l l y by the Unive rsi t y Gate s, we belie ve that this pri nc ipl e of consi de ri ng the impa ct of indi vi dua l choi c e s on the communi t y shoul d be appli e d beyond those boundarie s.    Our vie ws are anthropocent ri c in tha t we plac e a highe r value on our own spe ci e s, huma ns, tha n on othe rs.  This is a natural perspe ct i ve to have bec ause our survi va l depends on prot ec t i ng our own inte re st s 3 .  Howe ve r, we must also consi de r tha t our conti nue d survi va l and well being as a spec ie s depe nds on maintai ni ng a hea l t hy ecos yst e m in whic h to live 3 .  Huma ns are but one part of                                                                                                                                                         AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m t he globa l ecosyst e m and we shoul d give value to all ele me nt s of the natura l worl d in orde r to ensure  the prope r func t i oni ng of the ecos yst e m now and in the future .  Weak anthropoc e nt ri sm is a value syst e m tha t acknowle dge s the inte rc onne c te dne ss of huma ns and othe r spe ci e s in the natura l worl d and also prom ote s eva l ua ti ng huma n pre fe renc e s by consi de ri ng the effe c t s of an acti on beyond simpl y sati sfyi n g a huma n desi re 4 .   How does the UBC Farm contribute to a transition to a sustainable food system? 5  UBC Farm is a stude nt -drive n init ia t i ve with the obje c ti ve of cre a ti ng an inte rna t i ona l cent re for sust a i na bl e agri c ult ure, fore st r y and food syst e m s.  It is loc a te d on 40 hect are s of farm and fore st e d land at the South Campus of the Unive rsi t y of Brit i sh Colum bi a .  The goa l of the UBC Farm is to work towa rds the deve l opme nt of a healt hy Sou t h Campus com m unit y tha t support s the ecol ogi ca l , soc i al , economi c and educ a ti onal inte re sts of the Unive rsi t y.  An importa nt ele me nt of the UBC Farm initi at i ve is educa t i ng the stude nt s, fac ul t y, sta ff and loc al comm uni t y about sust a i nabl e farmi ng and food syst e m s.  T his incl ude s inc orporat i ng the UBC Farm into UBC course curri c ul um , invol vi ng ele me nt a ry and sec onda ry stude nt s and deve l opi ng a strong comm unit y outre a ch progra m .  We have dec ide d to foc us on educ at i ng the UBC comm uni t y for our proj e c t.   The UBC Farm is criti c al to the UBC Food Syst e m bec ause it is both a working mode l of sust a i na bl e agri c ul ture and the only on -c a m pus site of food produc t i on.  The Farm has gre a t educa t i ona l pote nt ia l to raise awa re ne ss about agri cul t ure , food, and sust a i na bi l i t y.  Through  this proc e ss of educ at i ng the UBC and surrounding comm uni t y, it is hope d that awa re ne ss of, and inte re st in, the Farm will also be raise d.  With inc rea se d parti c i pa t ion and support , the Farm will be maint ai ne d and will cont inue to be use d as an educ at i ona l tool .  The goa l of comm unit y educ a t i on, invol vi ng sust a i na ble food syst e m s and food produc ti on, and the impa c t of indivi dua l food choi ce s on sust a i nabi li t y, is to achi e ve a para di gm shift towards more sust ai na bl e acti ons by the UBC communi t y, resul t i ng i n a more sust ai na bl e UBC Food Syst e m .                                                                                                                                                         AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m e xc el le nt outdoor labora t or y withi n minut e s of the cla ssroom .  Dr. Bomke also belie ve s tha t the re is strong pote nt ia l for the incl usi on of UBC Farm into more course s withi n the fac ul t y.  Dr. George Van der Merwe feel s that the Farm can provi de import a nt commodi ti e s, suc h as wine gra pe s and dairy produc t s, tha t can be inc l ude d into the Food Scie nce curric ul um . Fina l l y, profe ss ors in the Fac ul t y of Agri c ul t ura l Scie nce s beli e ve tha t the re are many opport unit ie s for othe r facul t ie s to bec ome invol ve d with the UBC Farm and take adva nta ge of the Farm as an educ a ti onal tool .  Dr. Bomke expl ai ne d tha t the Fac ul ti e s of Educa ti on, Appl ie d Scie nce , Fore st r y, Scie nce , Art s, the School of Comm uni t y and Regi ona l Pla nni ng and Landsc a pe Arc hi te c ture are curre nt l y using the Farm .   Dr. Bomke also anti c i pa te s much gre a te r inte re st whe n our Farm deve l opme nt has had a few more yea rs to progre ss.     Transition to sustainability How do we achieve sustainability through education? T he UBC Farm is both a sta rti ng point , and the cent ra l basi s of , a cyc l e whic h will fac il i ta te a tra nsi ti on to a sust ai na bl e UBC Food Syst e m , if set in moti on.  The UBC Farm has gre a t pote nti a l to serve as a medi um through whic h the UBC popul a tion can gain knowl e dge and a sense of connec ti on to the food syst e m , sust a i nability, and the environment.  In “ What is Education for? ”, David Orr sugge st s inc orpora ti ng campus resource flows, suc h as the Farm , into the curric ul um in orde r to offe r a mora l and envi ronme ntal educa ti on to the stude nt s 7 .  This type of educ a t i on, as Orr defi ne s it, provi de s an envi ronme nt of expe ri e nt i al lea rni ng through whic h stude nt s can gain an unde rsta nding of  “the effects of knowledge on real people and communities 7 ”. Curre ntl y the many disc i pl i ne s of the unive rsi t y lac k a sense of unit y with e ac h othe r, as the y are isol a te d in thei r own lec t ure hall s and labora t ori es.  In addi t i on, the majori ty of the se disc ipl i ne s lac k any sort of educ a t i on surroundi ng one of the most basi c huma n survi va l func t i ons, whic h is to                                                                                                                                                         AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m proc ure food from the natura l en vi ronm e nt , and to maint ai n this envi ronm e nt in orde r to sust ai n ourse l ve s ove r the long term .  Incorpora ti ng the UBC Farm into the curri c ul um will help to correc t the probl em of a lack of awa re ne ss and conne c ti on with our food syst e m and the envi ronm e nt , b y inc rea si ng educa t ion, inte re st , part i ci pat i on, and support for the Farm .  This in turn will allow the UBC Farm to conti nue to serve as an educ at i ona l mode l of a sust a ina ble food syst e m , as well as an on campus site of food pr oduc t ion. The Cyc l e – The Lin k betwe e n Educ at i on and Sust ai na bil i t y                       Recom m enda ti ons UB C Far m   W o r king mo d el of sustai nab le agr icult ur e   Onl y on - ca mp us fo o d prod uctio n  Po tential to pro vid e mo r al and envir o n me ntal ed uca tio n (e. g. a war ene ss ab o ut agr ic ult ur e, fo o d , su stai nab ilit y, a nd its i mp ac t on the e nv ir o n ment )  Awar e nes s of and inter est i n the Far m is raised in the UB C co mmu n i t y   E d uca tio n of UB C co mmu n it y   I nco r p o r atio n of UB C Far m into cur r icul u m  Incr ea sed par ticip atio n and su p p o r t fo r the UB C Fa r m  Far m main tained a nd co ntin ue d as an ed uca tio nal too l  UB C Foo d Syste m bec o mes su stai nab le  Ed uca tio n and a war ene ss o f U B C Far m and fo o d s yste m (e. g. su stai nab ilit y, fo o d prod uctio n, i mp ac t of ind ivid ual fo o d cho i ce s)   UB C pop ulatio n ma ki ng mo r e su stai nab le fo o d cho ices  UB C fo o d ser vice resp o nd s to the mar ket dema nd of UB C co mmu n it y                                                                                                                                                          AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m 1) Inc orpora t e the Farm into the curri cul um of all fac ult i e s on campus.  Havi ng a connec t i on on campus among all fac ult i es will unit e eve r yone towards a comm on go a l .  All membe rs of UBC can the n act as role mode ls and advoc a te s of the Farm and sust ai na bi li t y. Sinc e the UBC Farm is the only farm in the City of Vanc ouve r, support for survi va l must come from all four corne rs inc l udi ng the UBC sust ai na bi li t y offi c e , th e profe ssors, the stude nt s, and the comm unit y.   2) Ra i se awa re ne ss about the exist enc e and loca t i on of the UBC Farm , sta rt i ng fr om the ele me nta ry school leve l .  Eleme nta ry stude nt s shoul d be give n the pri vi l e ge of visi t i ng the Farm and being expose d to the conc e pt of sust a i na bi l it y.  These you ng lea rne rs can educa t e the i r pare nt s who have not rec ei ve d suc h knowl e dge .   3)  Comm uni t y outre a c h progra m s. The Farm is alrea dy able to provi de produce to the UBC communi t y and the market s held duri ng the summ e r also pro m ot e awa re ne ss.  Othe r progra m s tha t coul d raise awa re ne ss about the Farm and sust a ina bi li t y are cooki ng cla sses and garde ni ng workshops.   The Next Ste p 1. Surve y the comm uni t y at large to see if the y woul d use the servi c e s of the Farm .   2. Gathe r data from the Farm ove r the next few yea rs inc l udi ng: - Wha t sell s the most? - How many peopl e are visit i ng the Farm?  (Num be r of school s tha t pla n fie l d tri p to the Farm ). - Num be r of stude nt s invol ve d?  (Summ e r jobs, volunt e e rs) - Num be r of course s inte grat i ng the Far m .     Conclusion  Orr pre dic t s tha t a long-t e rm outcom e of provi di ng mora l and envi ronm e nt al educa t i on is consc i ousne ss raisi ng.  By prom oti ng educ at i on and awa re ne ss of the UBC Farm , the UBC popul at i on will bec om e more consci ous of the i r food choic e s and the impl ic a ti ons of the se choi ce s on the envi ronm e nt , economy, and soc i e t y.  Raisi ng awa re ne ss of the se issue s will inc re a se the likel i hood of the UBC popul a ti on maki ng more sust ai na ble food choic e s.  The ove ra l l effe c t of this seque nce of eve nt s is to help tra nsi ti on the UBC Food Syst e m towa rds sust a i na bi li t y.  Howe ve r, it is                                                                                                                                                         AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m i m porta nt to note tha t the cyc l e doe s not stop here .  It cont i nue s to perpe t ua te its own moti on, and in doing so will support the growth of the UBC Farm, the student’s moral and environmental education, a s well as a sust ai na bl e UBC Food Syst e m . Acknowledgments We woul d like to tha nk the foll owi ng UBC Fac ul t y of Agri c ul t ural Scie nce s profe ssors who part ic i pa te d in our Marc h 2002 surve y: Dr. Art Bom ke , Agroe c ol ogy, Dr. Gwe n Cha pma n, Die t et ic s, and Dr. George Van der Merwe, Food Scie nce .  We woul d also like to tha nk our TA, Kati e Nola n, for helpi ng us to sta y o n tr a c k.   References 1) “ Trek 2000: UBC’s Vision. “ University of British Columbia. ht t p:/ / www.vi si on.ubc .ca /pri nc ipl e s.ht m l .  Acce sse d: Mar. 25, 2002.  2) Kloppenburg, J, Lezberg, S. 1996: “ Getting it Stra ight Before We Eat Ourselve s to Dea t h: From Food Syst e m to Foodshe d in the 21 st  Century. “  Society and Natural Resources, 9: 93-96.  3) Murdy, W.H. 1993: “Anthropocentrism: A Modern View”. In Armstrong S. & Botzler, R. 1993, E nvi ronm e nt a l Ethi c s.  Dive r ge nc e and Conve rge nce .  McGra w Hill , Toront o.  Page s 302 -310.  4) Norton, B.G.  1993: “Environmental Ethics and Weak Anthropocentrism”. In Armstrong S. & Botzl e r, R. 1993, Envi ronm e nta l Ethi c s.  Dive rge nce and Conve rge nce .  McGra w Hill , Toront o.  Page s 286-289.  5) Bouri s, Kri st i na .  2001.  UBC Farm School s Progra m : A Visi on - Progra m and Prospe c t us: A worki ng doc um e nt .  6) Robertson, Jessica.  2000.  “Increasing Awareness of the South Campus Farm at the University of British Columbia.”  English 301 Term Paper, UBC.  7) Orr, D. 1991: “ What is Education for? “ Trumpeter 8: 3 Summe r, page s 99 -102, Vic t ori a .                                                                                                                                                          AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m Appendix 1 – South Campus Survey  Jessi ca Robertson         c/o AgUS         MacMi ll a n Buil di ng, Rm. 270        2357 Main Mall        V6T 1Z4    South Campus Surve y:      1.  What is your:       Facul t y ___________  Major ____________  Speci al i za t i on ___________  2.  Were you aware that there is a farm on UBC’s South Campus?     Y / N 3.  If so, how did you hea r about it? ___Anot he r stude nt   ___Adve rt i si ng    ___In cla ss     ___Ot he r - plea se indi ca te __________________   4.   Would you like to know more about it?   Y / N  5.  If so, how woul d you pre fe r to lea rn about it? ___Fa rm tours ___E ve nt s suc h as bar -B- Q’s or concerts at the farm ___In form a t i on publ i she d in campus publi ca t i ons suc h as the Ubysse y ___Post e rs ___Announc em e nt s by pr ofe ssors in lec t ure s ___Ot he r – plea se indi ca te _______________________  6.  Woul d you bu y produc e , suc h as frui t s or vege t a ble s, or eggs grown and/ or dist ri bute d on Sout h Campus farm?   Y / N  7.  If the answe r to number 6 was NO, ple a se indic a te wh y: ___I don’t buy groceries           ___It’s too hard to get there  ___It’s not a reputable food store      ___Other – please indic a te __________  8.  Woul d you pre fe r to buy loc a l l y grown produce from the farm ove r othe r produc e tha t is brought in and dist ri but e d the re?  Y / N  9.  Do you pre fe r to bu y orga ni c a ll y grown produce ? Y / N  10.  Woul d you pa y more for orga ni c a l l y grown produce?  Y/ N   (N/A) Tha nk you.  FYI: The inform a t i on in this surve y will be use d in an Engl i sh 301 report .  Resul t s will be publi she d anonym ousl y (o f course ).  Surve y answe rs will onl y be use d to find total numbe rs of vari ous answe rs to the que sti ons; no surve y will be publi she d indi vi dua l l y.  The result s may also be passe d onto the UBC farm mana ge r.                                                                                                                                                           AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m Appendix 2 –UBC Farm Education Survey and Responses    1.  How do you think the UBC farm can cont ri bute to educ a ti on about sust ai na bi li t y?  2.  Could you inc orpora te the farm into course s in your depa rt m ent? 3.  Is this some t hi ng you wou l d like to be a part of? 4.  How woul d you acc om pl ish this? 5.  How do you see othe r facul t ie s inc orporat i ng the farm into thei r curri c ul um? Whic h one s and how?  1.  Art Bomke , PhD.  Profe ssor, Agroe c ol ogy.  1.  How do you think the UBC farm can cont ri bute to educ a ti on about sust ai na bi li t y?  The UBC Farm can ope ra te at seve ra l leve l s as model or indi c at or for sust a i na bi l i t y of food syst e m s.  First , its loca ti on at the rura l -urba n inte rfa ce is simi l a r to produc ti ve farm s throughout sout he rn BC and the world.  This offe rs us a first -ha n d opport uni t y to lea rn about the plusse s and minuse s of farm i ng at the urba n edge .  Stude nt s will lea ve UBC with a bette r unde rst a ndi ng of the forc e s tha t affe c t farm e rs in urbani ze d regi ons and will be bett er tra i ned to support them with profe ssi ona l advi ce and to part ic i pa te in pla nni ng and desi gn exe rci se s tha t will enhanc e the sust a i na bi l it y of sma l l farm s nea r urba n cent re s.  Of course , the actua l learni ng around growing pla nt s and anima l s and mana gi ng the soil /c l im at e resourc e s at Point Gre y is po rt a b le to anywhe re , incl udi ng regi ons with mini ma l urba n impa c t .  2.  Could you inc orpora te the farm into course s in your depa rt m ent?  Yes, in fac t we have alre ad y begun to do this through our Agroe c ol ogy core course s, e.g. AGRO 361 and are expe ri m ent i ng with new hands-on approa c he s to lea rni ng tha t requi re the land and fac i l i ti e s on the UBC Campus.  AGRO 490, Topi c s in Agroe c ol ogy, has bee n offe re d for the first time this spri ng and is foc ussi ng on lea rni ng more about exte ndi ng the growing sea son and its relat i on ship our clim a te and soil s at the campus.  As you are awa re , we also use d the Farm to introduc e soil s and clim ate to the AGSC 250 cla ss.  The Farm offe rs us an exce l le nt outdoor labora t ory withi n minut e s of the cla ss room .  Our progra m has unde rgone a trem e ndous amount of cha nge in lea rni ng methods, e.g. adopt i on of PBL, in the past thre e yea rs, and I expe ct to see more and more AGRO course s taki ng adva nta ge of UBC Farm as we begi n the sec ond pha se of our curric ul um deve l opm ent and my coll e a gue s bec om e more awa re of the possi bi l it i e s of using the Farm as a labora t ory.  Fina l l y, I want to rec ogni ze the work of stude nt s of FRE 302, who have foc usse d the i r business pla nni ng studi e s on ente rpri se s propose d for UBC Farm .  In fac t , one of the se proposa l s, the Mark e t Garde n, is set to begi n its sec ond yea r of produc t i on and is one of the foundations of the Farm’s activities.  3.  Is this some t hi ng you wou l d like to be a part of?  Absol ut e l y!  I beli e ve in this ver y stron gl y and will be devot i ng a lot of effort to this o ve r the next few yea rs.  4.  How woul d you acc om pl ish this?  First , I will be taki ng a stud y lea ve in 2002 -3 and plan to foc us part of my e ffor t s duri ng tha t time on the development of the Farm’s resources to serve UBC’s educational, research and c om muni t y out re a ch missions.  This time awa y from the day-t o -da y dema nds of tea c hi ng will                                                                                                                                                         AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m gi ve me an opport uni t y to expl ore the approa c he s use d by othe r inst i t ut i ons for inte gra ti ng worki ng farm s into thei r curri c ul a .  Secondl y, I will be ava i la ble for PB L case wri t i ng around topi c s tha t incl ude the Farm .  Fina l l y, m y expe ri e nce growing up on a smal l mixe d farm and my yea rs of rese a rc h in support of BC farm e rs give me a cert ai n perspe ct i ve that is nee de d to make sure that wha t we do on the Farm is rele va nt to farme rs ar ound the provi nce and the loc al food syst e m s the y part i ci pat e in.  5.  How do you see othe r facul t ie s inc orporat i ng the farm into thei r curri c ul um? Whic h one s and how?  We alre a dy have cla sse s or stude nt proj ec t s from the Fac ul t i e s of Educa ti on, Appl i e d Scienc e, Fore st r y, Scie nce and Arts.  The School of Comm unit y and Regi ona l Pla nni ng and the Landsc a pe Arc hi te c ture are two exampl e s of gra dua t e progra m s curre nt l y usin g the Farm .  These acti vi t ie s are happe ni ng eve n before we have had an opportunit y to deve l op m uc h in the wa y of fac i l i t ie s to support the use of the Farm by othe r uni t s on campus.  I anti c i pa te muc h gre at e r inte re st whe n our Farm deve l opme nt has had a few more yea rs to progre ss.   2.  Gwen E. Cha pm an, PhD, RDN, Assoc i a t e Profe ssor, Die t et ic s  1.  How do you think the UBC farm can cont ri bute to educ a ti on about sust ai na bi li t y?   I see the farm as a type of labora t ory or demonst rat i on proj ec t to tea c h stude nt s and the gene ral publ i c about sust a i na ble food product i on and the inte gra t i on of food produc t i on in to an urba n communi t y.  2.  Could you inc orpora te the farm into course s in your depa rt m ent?  For the most part, I think the farm is proba bl y a goo d fit with the LFC course s (like 450!). It might be possi ble to inc orpora te it into a food sec urit y probl e m in FNH 473, to use more of a com muni t y food sec uri t y approac h rathe r tha n the hunge r food sec uri t y foc us of the Downt own East Side proble m . It might also be possi ble to use the farm as an exam ple in FNH 342 (Consum e r Aspec t s of Fo ods). But in both the se case s, I don't know how use of the farm woul d dif fe r from how it is being use d (and the lea rni ng obje c ti ve s it addre sse s) in AGSC 450, so I think it might be redunda nt to use it in FNH course s.  3.  Is this some t hi ng you wo ul d like to be a part of?  I'd be inte re ste d in finding out if any of the stude nt s who have taken FNH 473 come up with ide a s about how the farm coul d be use d in that course in a way tha t is diffe re nt from wha t you're doing in AGSC 450. If so, I'd be inte re ste d in consi de ri ng using the farm in that c ourse . Othe rwise , I don't see being a part of this, as the farm woul d not be a good fit with the othe r course s I tea ch.  4.  How woul d you acc om pl ish this?  5.  How do you see othe r facul t ie s inc orporat i ng the farm into thei r curri c ul um? Whic h one s and how?  The only pro gra m s tha t come to mind here are biol ogy, envi ronm e nt al studie s and perha ps educa t i on. Aga i n, I see the farm as a laborat ory to tea c h about sust ai na bl e/ urban food produc t i on.                                                                                                                                                          AGSC 45 0 – Gro up 2                                                                                                                                         Educa tio nal Ro le of UB C Far m  3.  Dr. George Van der Merwe, Profe ssor, Food Sci e nc e  1.  How do you think the UBC Farm can cont ri but e to educa t i on about sust a i na bil i t y?  UBC Farm shoul d:  be able to support itse l f.   Gene rat e its own fundi ng to support stude nt s.  Produc i ng some t hi ng tha t can be sold to a publ i c and stude nt s.  Shouldn’t make profit but just enough mone y to sust a i n itse l f.  be able to support educa t ion.  j ust i fy its exist e nc e by educ a ti ng stude nt s.   2.  Could you inc orpora te the farm into course s in your depa rt m ent?  If the farm produce gra pe s, a pilot wine ry (a sma l l sca l e wine ry) can be esta bli she d.  C urre nt l y, no wine produc ti on is taking pla c e in the Food Scie nc e depa rt m e nt .  Dairy pro duc t i on is a part of Agri c ul t ural Scie nce , and food che m i st ry is a part of Food Scie nc e .  Thus, milk produc ed by AGSC can be use d in Food Scie nc e lab.   3.  Is this some t hi n g you wou l d like to be a part of?  Can be a part of wine maki ng syst e m .  Can have wine part y at the farm .  This will bring stude nt s to the farm and inc re a se awa re ne ss.   4.  How woul d you acc om pl ish this?   Is the re a land ava il a bl e to pla nt gra pe?  Fundi n g is nee de d for fac il i t ie s with wine making equi pm ent .  Produc t i on of expe rim e nt al wine (re se a rc h).  E duca t i ng stude nt s in wine maki ng.  Not sure about sell i ng wine due to stric t rest ric t i on by go ve rnm e nt .   5.  How do you see othe r facul t ie s inc orporat i ng the farm int o thei r curri c ul um?  Whic h one s?  How?   Che m ic al Engi nee ri ng – ferm ent at i on  Me c ha ni ca l Engi ne e ring – equipm e nt  Che m i st ry – wine ana l ysi s  Mi c robi ol ogy – microbe s in wine   Biot ec hnology          

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