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Practicing urban agriculture on campus : integrating the LFS Garden with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems community Chen, Jessica; DiPardo, Shawn; Hermanto, Yuliana; Jennermann, Amy; Mananta, Lyviana; Lee, Sharon; Schroeder, Alanna

Abstract

The University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) is an ongoing collaborative effort between AGSC 450 students, project collaborators and partners to build a more sustainable food system at UBC. The focus of scenario five was to expand the LFS Garden to the west side of the MacMillan building. The expansion was purposed to further enhance small scale organic production; provide food in the LFS community; and provide opportunities for hands on interdisciplinary learning. The group reviewed literature of previous AGSC 450 reports and communicated with project stakeholders, including Martin Hilmer, Jeff Nulty, Megan Halstead, Pearl Yip, Sophia Bake-French, Nick Gallant, Dr. Art Bomke, and Dr. Gwen Chapman. Through consultations, the group devised a business proposal that would be helpful for the development of LFS Garden which focused on: signage and communication; garden management; garden layout; composting; production, harvesting and distribution plan; budget and supply list; and education opportunities. The group also found that the LFS Garden had a potential to be implemented into education such as in Agroecology courses. In addition, the group has created garden management committed which includes Art Bomke, Martin Hilmer and Liska Richer. For the garden manager, all scenario 5 groups agreed to formulate an email that was sent out to all students in the faculty to attract students to the position. Furthermore, the group designed the garden layout that followed the concerns of community stakeholders, while utilizing creativity and imagination to create a garden that is a beautiful social space that is also sustainable. The project concludes with prioritizing the next steps towards implementation of the proposals. 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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