Party On The Farm

While out at UBC this past Friday, I took a little walk.

I went past UBC Thunderbird Arena, home of Women’s and Sledge Hockey during the Olympics…

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…I kept on going through the new developments at Wesbrook Village…

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…after I stopped for a little fuel…

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…and finally arrived at my destination.

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Why was I head to the farm, you ask? Rumour had it there was a little party going on.

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I was there to check out the 8th Annual FarmAde (not 7th, as the above poster states…I think they recycled from last year 😉 )

Since my classes had ended at noon, I arrived pretty much at the very beginning.

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Things were still being set up, so I took advantage of the beautiful sunny day, and wandered around the farm, camera in tow.

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A little background on UBC Farm, from their website:

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is the steward of a unique resource: Vancouver’s last working farm. The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm located on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Forming a rich mosaic of cultivated fields, teaching gardens, forest stands, hedgerows, and orchard plantings, the Farm is a unique urban agrarian gem.

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Not only is a valuable teaching and learning space, both for UBC students and for the community, it’s also just a great place to spend some time outdoors. I wish it was closer to the main campus – I could see eating many a lunch out in the fields.

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There are so many different gardens and fields, you can definitely lose track of time as you take it all in.

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The farm isn’t just vegetation though- there are also bees and chickens kept there.

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My favourite place is probably the apple orchard, where they are growing a vast array of apple varieties, many that have all but disappeared from production.

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After getting my fill of the grounds, I made my way back up to the main area to check out the food offerings. I had my mind set on some fresh corn on the cob, which I had seen volunteers harvesting from the farm while I was wandering around. You can’t get any fresher than that!

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And since it was a sunny Friday afternoon, I hit up the beer garden for an apple cider.

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The corn was amazing, spread with a little butter, salt and pepper. So flavourful! I wished I could have bought some to take home with me.

I spent some time enjoying the first of three live bands.

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While more people arrived to join the party.

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Alas, it had been a long day, and I knew I wouldn’t last until 8pm when the event was set to end. So I  made the trek back to the main campus, but not before stopping to check out the farm fresh produce for sale.

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Despite the epic transit ride ahead of me, I couldn’t pass up on a container of golden raspberries. Even though I had no clue how I was going to keep them safe and sound on both the train and bus.

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A few of them didn’t survive the trip back to main campus. I had to do a taste test for quality control after all 😉

I was glad to have gotten to FarmAde this year. I think it’s so important to support this unique resource we have on campus. I’ll be looking forward to the 9th Annual FarmAde next year!

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7 Comments on “Party On The Farm”

  1. September 19, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    What a cool event!! That corn looks fantastic, and with a hard cider? Sounds perfect to me!

  2. September 19, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    That corn seriously looks amazing. I’m craving corn all over again. The FarmAde seems like a neat event over, so perfect for starting off the fall.

  3. Sarah
    September 19, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I always wanted to attend this! I have never been to the farm and missed Farm Ade 8 years in a row 😉 Looks like a lot of fun.

  4. September 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    that is so cool!! apparently at my alma mater there is now a vegetable garden that students grow stuff in and sell at the weekly (during the summer/fall) farm market on campus (with additional produce from nearby farmers). wish i was still around!

  5. September 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    What screams ‘fall is here” better than a farm party with fresh corn and cider? Not much, that’s what 😉

  6. Roz
    September 20, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    What a great event! I’m going to look for it next year! And I’m going to look for corn at the farmer’s market this weekend!!!!

  7. September 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I think it’s very coll that UBC has a farm! Frankly, I think more Universities should! 🙂

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