UBC Undergraduate Research

Creating and strengthening linkages between the UBC Farm and the Macmillan community Chan, Edith; Go, Ailyn; Kwan, Joanna; Nie, Linlin; Tai, Jessie; Wong, Tracy; Zhao, Jane

Abstract

The UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP) is an ongoing project that aims to introduce changes and improve the sustainability of the UBC Food System. The goal of Group 25 was to investigate and strengthen the relationship between UBC Farm and Agora Café. Currently UBC Farm is not a major supplier of Agora Cafe, despite its location proximity to the Macmillan community and its affiliations with the FLFS. In order to design ways to increase supply from UBC Farm to Agora Cafe, surveys were conducted using Community-based Action Research (CBAR) mode to determine current opinions regarding Agora Café and food preferences of Agora customers. The major finding of the survey was that there is a relatively weak linkage between Agora Café and the Macmillan community due to the limited selection of food. Further research showed that currently UBC Farm is not producing enough variety to support the demands of Agora customers. Based on suggestions from previous papers and newer findings, the possibility of a root cellar for UBC Farm was investigated and sample recipes and menus for Agora Café were also created. Additionally, marketing and educational strategies were designed to increase awareness of Agora Café. Lastly, recommendations were suggested to help further strengthen the relationship between UBC Farm and Agora Café. 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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