Farmstead Wines dinner contributes to “Help Save the UBC Farm” efforts
There are many reasons why I love the UBC Farm. First, I’m a UBC alumnus (Masters and PhD). Second, I’ve taught at UBC too. Third, I’m an enviro-geek. Fourth, the UBC Farm is considered the last working urban farm in Vancouver, and it may be in danger of being transformed and urbanized.
The UBC Farm is a 24 hectare learning and research farm located on the University of British Columbia’s Campus in Vancouver, Canada. The farm is student-driven and integrated with the wider community. As the only working farmland within the city of Vancouver, the UBC Farm is an urban agrarian gem, featuring a landscape of unique beauty.[About the UBC Farm]
The phenomenon of transforming agricultural land into bedroom communities is not new. Research has shown that increasing pressure for residential use leads to changes in zoning and land policy that reduce how much land is available for agricultural use (if you’re interested, I can point you out to some academic articles on the subject). My own PhD research focused on industrial/urban transformation, so I read all about this body of literature as well.
Luckily, there are many people out there who are working really hard to help, groups like the Friends of the UBC Farm, and individuals such as Anthony Nicalo (Farmstead Wines), whom I consider a friend, and whom I admire for his passion for sustainability. Anthony recently hosted a dinner to raise funds to help save the UBC Farm, and from what I read on the Farmstead blog, it was a great success!
Congratulations, Anthony, and thank you for contributing to such noble efforts.