Seeds of Knowledge at the UBC Farm | July 20, 2019

Come with your family and friends to learn about and celebrate research with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm! Seeds of Knowledge showcases the innovative research happening at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and our partners, highlighting results and giving the public the chance to meet researchers, explore research tools, and join a tour led by researchers to see what research in action looks like at the UBC Farm.

Event Features:

  • Free UBC Farm tour with guest spots from researchers
  • Scavenger hunt and colouring contest for kids
  • Passport to Knowledge prize draw
  • Live music from Route 9 and The William Chernoff Band
  • Food and coffee trucks
  • More than 30 different local vendors selling produce, fruit, meat, mushrooms, cheese, eggs, baked goods, beverages, sweet treats, alcohol, artisan goods, and more

This event is free to attend.

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UBC Sustainability Initiative Course Finder

The UBC Sustainability Initiative Course Finder tool features over 600 sustainability related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. Make sustainability part of your degree and share with a friend to be an agent of change! Search courses today at!

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Developing Highly Skilled Professionals – MFRE May Workshops and Seminars

It’s summer and MFRE students are on their way with their Graduating Projects. In other words, they are officially immersed in the professional world, working in industry and academic projects. To prepare for this challenge they attended professional development workshops and seminars to equip themselves with communication skills, research methods, product development tools and data analysis techniques.

Read more about these workshops and seminars here:

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Agents of Change | July 22, 2019

The world we live in today is more seamless, more interconnected, and more global than ever before. Challenges such as the climate crisis, political polarization, and poverty aren’t isolated to any one nation or region of the planet. Solving them will require ambitious ideas, bold action, and a global approach.

Join University of California President Janet Napolitano and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Santa Ono on Monday, July 22 for Agents of Change, a conversation exploring the role that universities should play on global issues like the climate crisis. Enjoy a drink at the reception to follow, to continue the conversation.

Learn more and get your tickets at!

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Health and Community Development Placement with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) – Uganda | Fall 2019

Want to learn about the psycho-social aspects of healthcare alongside a Ugandan NGO?

Check out The Office of Regional and International Community Engagment’s co-curricular International Service Learning Placement with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) this fall.

TASO is a national Ugandan HIV/AIDS support initiative founded over 25 years ago, and one of the longest standing partnerships with UBC ORICE. Across its 11 centers, the organization responds to the clinical and psychological needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, TASO runs community intervention programs aimed at reducing stigma and improving individual and familial well-being to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The student or students placed with TASO this fall will support a particular program that focuses on the economic empowerment and self-esteem of adolescent girls and women. Specifically, working with staff and groups of clients who are currently participating or have participated in the program to identify areas of improvement and further its success. The project will include contributing to the organization by researching and assessing the impacts of the program and considering assessment practices that can be sustainably incorporated by TASO.

Applicants for this placement should have interest in the health care system and the psycho-social aspects of health (i.e., not clinical) in particular. They should also be prepared to learn about HIV/AIDS and its history in Uganda in order to fully contribute to the betterment of their project, the organization and ultimately the clients’ and community’s health and well-being.

The placement is open to all UBC students; psychology and sociology students may be especially suited for this placement. The placement is co-curricular and is NOT for credit. One to two placement spots are available. Applications accepted until full OR until 11:59pm on Sunday, July 21, whichever comes first.

Apply here!

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Student-directed Seminar for Fall 2019 (LFS 490)

Have you ever questioned the local tomatoes grown by migrant labour / the presence of campus food banks / or the demographics of food service workers? UBC students, if you’re still looking for a course to complete your time table, read on!

Two LFS students are co-leading a student-directed seminar on food justice in September 2019 to collectively unpack these questions. The seminar will be a peer-to-peer learning environment where you will explore food systems as a platform for engaging in social justice. There will be critical discussions, collaborative projects, and lots of snacking.

If you are interested in taking this seminar,

  1. Check if you are available on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00pm from September to December 2019.
  2. Email or with a letter of intent containing:
    • a) experience with food systems (either academic, work or any other relevant experience)
    • b) what your understanding of food justice is
    • c) what skills, perspectives, and experiences you will bring to an active learning environment required in a student-directed seminar.
    • Wait for confirmation regarding your enrolment, and the instructors will register you in the course on the SSC.

You can view more details about the course here.

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UBC Farm Community Workshops | July – December 2019

Want to learn something new? Join a UBC Farm community workshop!  Below is a list of workshops running from July to December 2019 and they are now open for registration! UBC Students (with valid ID) receive a discount on registration:

 The Natural History of Honey Bees on July 24, 2019 7:00 pm
 Medicinal Plant Walk on July 25, 2019 6:30 pm
 Year-round Vegetable Gardening on July 27, 2019 11:00 am
 Bees & Honey on July 31, 2019 7:00 pm
 Bees & Wax on August 7, 2019 7:00 pm
 Hands On Sourdough on August 8, 2019 5:30 pm
 Beekeeping on August 10, 2019 10:30 am
 Strategic Plant Choices for Sustainable Agriculture on August 21, 2019 5:45 pm
 Let Food Be Thy Medicine on August 22, 2019 5:45 pm
 Garden Herb Walk on August 24, 2019 9:00 am
 Woodland Herb Walk on August 24, 2019 1:00 pm
 Cheese 101: Let’s Make Mozzarella and Burrata on August 28, 2019 6:30 pm
 Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter on September 11, 2019 6:00 pm
 Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine on September 12, 2019 7:00 pm
 Choux Pastry Basics on September 18, 2019 5:30 pm
 Tree Medicine on September 19, 2019 5:30 pm
 What are lichens? on September 25, 2019 5:30 pm
 Rethinking Invasives on September 26, 2019 6:00 pm
 Learning Medicinal Actions of Herbal Medicine Utilizing our Senses on October 2, 2019 7:00 pm
 Vietnamese Vegan Pho and Fresh Rolls on October 3, 2019 6:00 pm
 Fall Pies from Scratch on October 8, 2019 5:30 pm
 Japanese Pickles on October 9, 2019 6:00 pm
 Mushroom Foraging on October 12, 2019 2:00 pm
 Making Shio Koji and Shoyu Koji on November 6, 2019 6:00 pm
 Beginners Guide to Mexican Gastronomy on November 8, 2019 12:00 pm
 Sourdough Hands On on November 13, 2019 5:30 pm
 Beginners Guide to Mexican Gastronomy (in Spanish) on November 22, 2019 12:00 pm
 Making Daifuku Mochi on November 23, 2019 3:00 pm
 Miso Making on December 4, 2019 6:00 pm

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2019 Winter Session Courses with International Engagement – ASTU 401

ASTU 401G Wicked Problems in Community Development

This course is available for the 2019 Winter Session (January – April 2020)

“WICKED PROBLEMS” is an upper level course led by the Faculty of Arts! This is a specialized interdisciplinary course: students from all faculties are encouraged to register. The rigour of the class lends itself from the diversity of perspectives coming together.

Designed for students who have interest in or experience with international engagement, students will focus on case studies in Karnataka, India and study the societal complexity of international community development.

In partnership with UBC’s Emerging Media Lab, the course will mobilize virtual reality (VR) footage in tandem with ongoing partnership with an NGO in the Bangalore area to approach complex social issues such as:

  • urban homelessness and housing;
  • agricultural (un)sustainability and sovereignty;
  • clean energy solutions for social services;
  • refugee migration; and
  • nomadic communities.

Students will learn to utilize the trans-disciplinary tools of systems theory, forum theatre, critical systems heuristics, strategic design and, of course, current best practices in international community engagement. Assignments will be grounded in solidarity practices with the mission of the organization. Students will gain the tools to untangle the complex systems and structures, drawing on theories such as critical pedagogy, post-development and Indigenous feminisms.

This course can be counted towards the Facilities of Science, Commerce and Engineering’s undergraduate students arts course requirement.
Eligibility Criteria: Open to all UBC students with a minimum 3rd year standing by January 2020.

Additional Details: ASTU 401G is a 3 credit course taught entirely at UBC Vancouver campus. Registration for this course is currently open on the UBC Student Service Centre (SSC). For more information visit ASTU 401G WICKED PROBLEMS.

ASTU 401H+I Community Based Participatory Research Approaches & Applications

This course is available for the 2019 Winter Session (January – April 2020) with option to continue in May – October 2020

Together, ASTU 401H+I provide a theoretically rigorous as well as an immersive and experientially engaging course that centers research as potentiating social change and sustainable development with a global view. Students learn through 12-week placements in NGOs over summer 2020 in a Global South setting.

ASTU 401H is a 3 credit course taught at the UBC Vancouver Campus from January to April, 2020. Registration is open through the SSC. Students who complete ASTU 401H may be eligible to take ASTU 401I.

ASTU 401H provides an overview of research in the social sciences, informed by post-colonial, feminist, and post-development scholarship. Focus will be given to participatory approaches that examine the operation of power through research relationships. In the international context, power operates through North-South relations conditioned by histories of colonialism and imperialism. With these relations in mind, this course will introduce techniques, methods, and tools for collaborative research in cross-cultural contexts. Our goal is to identify research practices that decolonize knowledge seeking in order to promote social justice.

ASTU 401I is 3 credit course taken while as part of an international service learning placement. Select students who complete ASTU 401H are eligible to apply to be placed internationally one of ORICE’s NGO partners in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Costa Rica or India, and to enroll in ASTU 401I. This optional continuation through international placement requires registration in ASTU 401I (2020S, May-October).

ASTU 401I will engage students in deep experiential learning in an international setting, and will provide students with the opportunity to relate topics discussed in the pre-placement class sessions to the “real-world.” Students will be placed with a development NGO in a non-Western country. Within this context, students will work collaboratively with members of their host organization, engage in critical self-reflection, develop their understanding of local challenges, enhance their understanding of small-scale research in practice for the organization and participate in collaborative and ethically informed ways. Students will complete in-placement assignments, and contribute to post-session discussions upon return to UBC-Vancouver.

ASTU 401I is part of the ISL (International Service Learning) program and requires full participation in:

  • ASTU 401H seminar (January – March 2020)
  • ORICE pre-departure learning program (March – May 2020)
  • ASTU 401I classes begin in May 2020 (2 x 4hrs per week) and include 12 weeks of fieldwork in an International Service Learning placement (June – August 2020)
  • Return seminar and final course-work on campus (September 2020)
  • Re-entry debrief and public engagement presentation on campus (September – October 2020)

Eligibility Criteria: ASTU 401H+I is open to students in all faculties with 3rd year status and beyond. Students interested in further developing their understanding of participatory research in an applied, international context are encouraged to apply for this course.

Funding: This course is eligible for the Arts Research Abroad & ORICE Regional and International Service Learning Award.

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Roots on the Roof presents Summer Solstice Celebration 2019 | June 27, 2019

Roots on the Roof would like to formally invite you to their Summer Solstice Celebration 2019! Celebrate this BEEautiful summer season and the abundance of the garden! Join  them for an evening at the rooftop garden at the Nest and check out the lush greenery! There will be food, music, activities, and aMAIZEing garden vibes. Light refreshments will be served including bread kindly donated by Terra Breads. This is a family-friendly event, so bring your loved ones, little ones, or whoever you call family.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Where: Rooftop Garden (4th floor of the AMS Nest)

For more information, check out their Facebook event page for more information on performers, activities, and food!

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UBC Farm Community Kitchen Series | June 15 & 19, 2019

The UBC Farm is hosting two community kitchens per month where community members (including students, faculty, staff and neighbours) come together to prepare a meal as a group. The goal in establishing a community kitchen at the UBC Farm is to generate enthusiasm and community around preparing food, share cooking skills and knowledge as well as bringing warmth and happiness to the UBC Farm kitchen! Each meal will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options, but it is important to let them know about all dietary restrictions in your registration so they can accommodate all guests. The number of participants will be capped at 15 (more than that will make it too challenging to work in the kitchen). There is a registration fee of $5.00 that will be used to purchase groceries for the community kitchen. As the UBC Farm believes in making the community kitchen accessible to all people, please do not hesitate to contact UBC Farm if you are unable to pay this fee.

Event Details:
LocationUBC Farm – Farm Centre Kitchen (3461 Ross Drive)
Upcoming Dates:

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