2011-12 Year Update:
While we are still working out some details for the spring, I have included a brief description of both the spring program and the tours below. We had hoped to make the spring program in the mornings for home learners but the registration just wasn't there. We are able to run it as an after school option which homelearners are encouraged to participate in.
UBC Farm Children's Learning Garden Programs
The Children's Learning Garden at the UBC Farm is host to the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, FarmWonders Camps, and Farm Discovery Tours. The garden provides science-based, hands-on education for children, exploring the connections among land, food, and community. Children cultivate their own gardens on the site, harvest, prepare, and eat fresh food from the garden, and participate in activities that encourage environmental stewardship.
SpringFarmers offers a hands-on, farm-based after-school education program for 7 to 12 year olds. SpringFarmers is designed to give children a science-based approach to land, food and community. Children work in small, collaborative groups with community volunteers to sow, grow, harvest, and eat crops they grow in the Children’s Learning Garden at the UBC Farm. Opportunities to explore other parts of the farm are included. Participants engage in the environment through all of nature's cycles, learning what nature has to teach through the seasons. Each visit of the program corresponds with a theme. Pre- and post-visit materials will be included for most visits to support families in exploring these visit themes in more depth at home or in the community. Program Cost and Registration: The January-June program will run on approximately alternating Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:45-5:45pm and we anticipate that it will cost $210 per child. This covers instruction, materials, and garden space for the duration of the program. Participants must pre-register for the entire session. Registration is anticipated to open mid October and will take place through the FarmWonder’s online registration system available at www.farmwonders.ca. A limited number of bursaries are available.
Every fall and spring the UBC Farm offers field trips for school classes from elementary to secondary levels. The field trip focuses on where food comes from, how we grow food and the social and community responsibilities to food production and the food system. The field trips provide an opportunity for students to see a working organic farm, learn about organic farming techniques and to discuss some of the social and ecological aspects of human food production.
Tour Description: Each tour consists of a brief introduction to the farm followed by education stations where students get hands-on learning about a range of topics that can include: annual plant life cycle, basic soil science, the role of farms in our food system, season extension, and forest and farm ecosystems. In addition, we may talk about food security and sustainability issues in the Lower Mainland and around the world. We finish the tour with a guided walk to see the farm’s many unique features. The tours run for approximately 2 hours. Cost: FarmDiscovery tours are $150 for 15-30 students and $75 for fewer than 15 students. Pumpkins: In the fall season we are able to offer a visit to our pumpkin patch, where students may select a pumpkin to take home with them. The additional cost is $100. Registration: Registration for Fall 2011 tours opens Friday, Sept. 23. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday; there are both morning and afternoon tour slots. Registration is via the UBC Farm's website http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/schools.php If your group requires an after-school booking, or a booking after October 31, 2011, please inquire via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FarmWonders Summer Camp Coordinator
Children's Learning Garden Manager
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
#248-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4