There are a number of ways alumni and community members can continue to be involved with and support the activities at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
Much of the great work that happens at the UBC Farm is made possible by the continued support of the farm’s dedicated volunteers. The UBC Farm volunteer program provides UBC students, staff, faculty members, and members of the wider community the chance to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of small-scale sustainable farming. New volunteers are required to attend a general farm orientation before signing up for volunteer shifts.
All orientation sessions and volunteer shifts require advance registration via the online registration system.
Once you’ve completed an orientation session, you can sign up to work in whatever program areas interest you, including: Community Outreach, Urban Farming, Indigenous Health Garden, Children’s Garden, Farm Markets (May-October).
The LFS Orchard Garden is relocating to Totem Field. A joint project between the students & faculty from Land and Food Systems, and Faculty of Education, the Orchard Garden is the definition of “the outdoor classroom.” Among its many activities, the Orchard Garden plays host to the annual Think&EatGreen@School Summer Institute; this three-day event invites elementary and secondary teachers from the Vancouver School Board to find collaborative solutions to increase the knowledge and understanding of the connections between food, health and the environment across the food system in our schools. The Orchard Garden’s success depends on the sweat and enthusiasm contributed by its volunteers! To find out how you can get involved in maintaining the LFS Orchard Garden, contact the Orchard Garden Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
The LFS Tri-Mentoring Program creates networking opportunities through “triads.” Triads consist of a junior student (first or second year), a senior student (third/fourth year or graduate student) in the same program, and an industry-related professional. The primary objective of this program is to help students develop their skills in career self-management, including realistic goal-setting and action planning, as well as providing links to their future job market. Working professionals with a background related to LFS disciplines are invited to participate. The program requires a small time commitment from mentors (10-15 hours in total).
There is a myriad of opportunities to get involved that includes mentorship and helping to organize reunions. In addition, alumni UBC has partnered with UBC Careers Online to offer UBC alumni an easy way to find volunteer opportunities on campus and beyond. Visit regularly as faculties, student groups, campus attractions and community partners post new volunteer positions weekly that are specifically seeking UBC alumni! See the Alumni UBC Volunteer section for more information.