UBC Undergraduate Research

UBC Food System Project : LFS Garden Abichahine, Hayfa; Chak, Stephanie; De Leenheer, Anne Marie; Innes, Erin; Lee, Cynthia; Lo, Margarida; Worden, Emily


This paper examines urban agriculture in the context of the University of British Columbia (UBC) community. An edible food garden has previously been created on the south side of the MacMillan building. In order for the garden to be a viable source of food for the use of the Agricultural Science Undergraduate Society (AGUS) and Agora Café, the garden should be expanded to the west side of the building. Consultations with stake-holders were carried out to determine how the garden should be managed. In collaboration with other Scenario 5 groups, consultations were carried out with members of Agora and the AGUS to determine their produce needs and were carried out with a member from Friends of the Farm to determine past volunteer plans. In addition, meetings were conducted with Land and Food Systems (LFS) staff member Martin Hilmer, Jeff Nulty from UBC Plant Operations (Plant Ops), and Nick Gallant from UBC Waste Management to discuss various aspects of the garden. From these consultations, a preliminary business plan was created for the use of the garden. The proposal includes: a possible planting and harvesting plan, a distribution plan, a management plan including a list of proposed committee members for the management of the garden, a proposed method of composting, possible education opportunities and education tools, proposed infrastructure, and an estimated list of tools and their cost. From this we created an estimated budget that would be required to create 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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