UBC Undergraduate Research

Extending local food purchasing : establishing UBC Farmers' Market Chan, Cissy; Chow, Jeremy; Foulkes, Lauren; Iu, Daisy; McCollum, Meaghan; Rimstad, Tara; Van, Yuen Yi (Amy)


The University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) was developed with the goal to increase the sustainability of UBC’s food system. One important step toward achieving this goal is utilizing the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, formerly known as the UBC Farm. In order to use the farm as a tool for UBC food system sustainability, it must become financially viable and adhere to ecological, social, and economic sustainable practices. Further, our task for 2006 was to provide a framework as a means to establish a full-fledged farmers’ market on the Farm, which is to be completely established, run and promoted by UBC volunteers and selected staff. Essentially, the full-fledged farmers’ market would be an extension of the current UBC Farm Market that runs through the summer on Saturdays. However, this specific project acknowledged the wishes of UBCFSP partners who suggested that the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm collaborate with other local farms with the end goal of supplying local products for all UBC on-campus food providers. With this, there would be an increase in UBC farm and local producer’s revenues as well as the potential to create even greater contracts and partnerships. 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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