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The Orchard Garden : expanding the LFS Garden Aulakh, Lakhveer; Cheng, Eric Hoo-Yin; Evans, Nicole; Ho, Heidi; Kloppenburg, Micah; Lee, Susan; Mistry, Reena


The goal of the University Of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) is to create a sustainable UBC food system with the collaboration of multiple partners as well as the involvement of students from AGSC 450. For our scenario, our targets are to create a garden using sustainable practices to be used as a model for urban Agriculture and a space for learning as well as to provide food that can be used in the LFS community. In order to create a greater sense of awareness of LFS values, we worked in partners with UBC Farm, Agora Café, AgUS, Friends of the Farm and Faculty of Land and Food Systems to create a connection between the LFS faculty and the greater UBC community. During the planning process, our group has reviewed some literatures and websites on community gardens to obtain more background information on developing the LFS garden. This led us to understand the steps and reasons for garden expansion. In order to create a production and distribution plan, we went about interviewing and emailing ones that know well about the types and amount of crops that Agora and AgUS want as produce. We have also created a harvesting plan and layout with the help of faculty members as well as professionals. In addition to interviews, we also met up with we visited Stewardship of the garden is very important. We achieved this by setting up a committee that comprise of faculty, staff and students to oversee the maintenance, financial management and enhancement of the garden. In particular, a manger position is created to control the operations as well as to report to the committee. In order to make use of the garden for educational opportunities, we made a list of possible courses and contacted professors who would be interested in incorporating the garden into their curriculum. We prepared a budget list for start-up costs associated with plant materials, tools, and the pathway and finally, have made some recommendations for the future of the garden. 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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