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Fostering connections between University Hill Secondary School and the UBC Farm Chian, Fiona; Desautels, Mandy; Ho, Bill; Lee, Janet; Maynard, Jordan; Van Alstine, Megan


University Hill Secondary School (UHSS), located in Vancouver, British Columbia, will be moving to a new building near the UBC Farm. The UBC Farm is a research and educational facility located on UBC campus. This report aims to help the UHSS Home Economics teacher, Ellen Walker, reconnect her students with food, ecological systems, and the environment through new curriculum ideas for her Home Economics classes that utilize the resources of the UBC Farm. This project began with a primary literature review followed by the decision to focus on a ‘fall’ theme in order to collaborate with a second LFS group assigned to this project. We met with our stakeholders: the Land and Food System (LFS) teaching team, Ellen Walker and the students of UHSS, and Mark Bomford of the UBC Farm. The result of this project was three lesson plans (topics: chickens and eggs, apples, and pumpkins) which address the knowledge disconnect between farm and plate, tie into Ms. Walker’s existing lesson plans, and outline the many of BC Ministry of Education’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes given for grades 10-12 that they meet. Through our adapted lesson plans, students will acquire a greater understanding of the food system as well as gain hands-on learning opportunities at the UBC Farm. Three recommendations were given with clear and timely goals which aim to establish a lasting and meaningful connection between UHSS and the UBC Farm. First, we hope the connection is initiated with a minimum of two farm visits in the upcoming school year. We then hope UHSS encourages extracurricular student participation, and that future LFS student groups evaluate the progress to determine the success of and potential for expansion on these adapted lesson plans. 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.”

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