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Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistant – Compostable Foodware

DURATION: September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015
POSITION TYPE: Masters level graduate research assistantship
FACULTY: Faculty of Land & Food Systems
GRADUATE PROGRAM: Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems; Soil Science
HOURS AND PAY RATE: 20-40 hrs per week (depending on course schedule) $4000 per month for full time
APPLICATION CLOSES: August 25, 2014

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
With the global efforts to reduce waste, there are more and more compostable products entering different product lines – especially notable is compostable food ware and packaging. The composting industry however is having problems incorporating these new products in their processes because they lack clear protocols on how best to assess their degradation under different composting conditions. This project will help increase the incorporation of compostable food ware and packaging into the compost stream by creating and refining in-field testing protocols and assessing the quality of their compost. The aim is to help bridge the gap between the current laboratory certifications and on site
facility experience by creating transferrable testing protocols for use by individual compost facilities. The project will assess the quality and environmental outcomes of various compost products both in the greenhouse and in field trials at the UBC Farm. Specifically the nutrient dynamics of the composts and their impact on vegetable production will be analyzed.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The research assistant (RA) will work as part of the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory (http://sal-lab.landfood.ubc.ca/) with an industry partner to develop details for a comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis of compostable packaging from the establishment of new protocols for the composting industry to the assessment of the quality of compost products. The RA will review existing compostable food ware and packaging composting protocols, and survey composting facilities to develop a protocol for various facility types. The RA will then use the protocols to test the disintegration of compostable products from the industry partner at various compost facilities and will conduct a
greenhouse study to assess the impact of various compost products on vegetable production. Finally the RA will participate in compost field trials where vegetable yields and nutrient dynamics (e.g. greenhouse gas emission and nitrogen leaching) will be quantified.

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an interest and ability to conduct interdisciplinary research (e.g. social, economic and environmental). The applicant must have a willingness and ability to work in a physically demanding environment. Applicants will be expected to work outside in all kinds of weather and must be able to lift 25 kg. This position requires organizational skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Applicants that have demonstrated previous experience with fieldwork or other outdoor activities are preferred. Applicants’ resumes should include a summary of field and laboratory course work completed and/or any applicable employment or volunteer experience.

REQUIREMENTS
• Undergraduate degree in science, preferably environmental, soil or agricultural science or equivalent work experience
• 1-2 years of work experience in a related field

CONTACT INFORMATION
Interested applicants should email Dr. Sean Smukler at sean.smukler @ubc.ca the following:
• Brief email or cover letter describing the applicants qualifications and interests
• Resume or curriculum vitae
• Unofficial Transcript
• An example of written work

Planning For Farmland Access In British Columbia: Sustaining An Actively Farmed Agricultural Land Base For Food Security

Small Farm In Abbottsford BC

(Photo: Ben Lyon, Flickr Creative Commons)

What: Webinar and In-Person Presentation and Discussion
When:
 March 19, 2014
Time:
 9:00am – 10:30am (presentation from 9:00 – 9:45, discussion from 9:45 – 10:30)
Where:
 MCML 350, UBC Vancouver Campus or Remotely via Webinar (details below)

Join Dr. Hannah Wittman and J. Dennis for a presentation of their research findings on farmland demand and mechanisms of farmland access in British Columbia. The presentation will include results from a survey of prospective and beginning farmers focusing on land access and opportunities and challenges faced by beginning farmers. We will also present findings from interview and community-based research on alternative models and mechanisms of farmland tenure and access. We will identify and discuss policy needs for further operationalizing alternative models of land tenure and access for farmland protection and to support the successful establishment of farmers on the land.

Dr. Hannah Wittman is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Dr. Wittman’s research focuses on agrarian reform, citizenship and food sovereignty in rural Brazil and local food systems, farmland protection initiatives, farmers’ markets and community-based farming in British Columbia.

J. Dennis holds a B.Sc. in Agroecology and is currently an MSc. Candidate in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Dennis’ thesis research is focused on farmland conservation, tenure and access in British Columbia.

This research has been made possible with support from the Centre For Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

Please RSVP to dennis.jess.dennis@gmail.com and let us know if you will join the presentation in person or by webinar.

 

Attend In-person Presentation at UBC Vancouver

Macmillan Building, Room 350
2357 Main Mall V6T 1Z4
Click here to view location on campus map
*Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided

 

Attend Webinar Presentation Remotely (web or phone)

Join Webinar Online: Click Here to Join Webinar Online
*You are encouraged to do a trial login before the day of presentation to ensure you are able to connect in advance.

To dial in:
1) Direct-dial with my iPhone or
Dial in: +1 408 740 7256 or +1 888 240 2560 (US or Canada only) (all numbers)
2) Enter Meeting ID: 880895363

To connect directly from a room system:
1) Dial: 199.48.152.152 or bjn.vc
2) Enter Meeting ID: 880895363 -or- use the pairing code

 

For info on joining Blue Jeans Video Meeting: http://bluejeans.com/faq#connecting
Test your video connection: http://bluejeans.com/111
For further technical assistance contact: dennis.jess.dennis@gmail.com

(Documentary) No Land, No Food, No Life

Poster for Screening of No Land, No Food, No Life

Thursday March 6th
5.15pm – Documentary: No Land, No Food, No Life
6.45pm – A discussion on issues raised by the documentary, facilitated by Dr. Hannah Wittman
Caseroom 2916, CAWP –  Forest Science Center 2424 Main Mall

‘No Land No Food No Life’ is a hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities in Cambodia and Uganda who are fighting to retain control of their land.

This is the second event in a three-part series of film screenings and discussion entitled ‘Imbalances of Power in the World’s Forests’. The events aim to provoke consideration of the links between social and environmental injustices in the world’s forests, and our roles and responsibilities in a globalized world. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP to geeffilm@gmail.com.

Social Justice @UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series: Dr. Alison Alkon

When: Jan 22, 12–1pm
Where: Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall, Room 028
Speaker: Dr. Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of the Pacific
Title: Black, White and Green: Food Justice, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy

Abstract: This talk will begin by describing the emergent concept of food justice, which is found at the nexus of inequalities and food and agricultural systems. It will lay out some of the guiding questions and theoretical antecedents that have helped to define the field. Next, Alkon will offer an example from her own ethnographic work in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, Alkon compared predominantly black and white farmers markets to better understand the ways that race and class shape the visions and goals that communities assign to sustainable agriculture. From this research she argues that both communities sought to create more just and sustainable food systems, and that efforts to do so were simultaneously inventive and limited by each market’s social location. However, she also describes how economic inequalities pervade both farmers markets in ways that cannot be resolved without broader structural changes. Alkon will draw from this knowledge to comment on the field of food justice research, and to highlight potential directions for new work.

Bio: Alison Alkon is Assistant Professor and Chair, Sociology at the University of the Pacific where she teaches and does research on food, the environment and inequalities of race, class and gender. Alkon’s books include Black, White and Green: Race, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Julian Agyeman). These works have helped to establish the growing field of Food Justice Studies which explores how inequalities affect food and agricultural systems and how communities and policy makers are responding to these inequalities.

*Lunch will be provided at noon at no cost for those who RSVP: wynn.archibald@ubc.ca