Universities, especially students, jumping into local food

Great article below on the university student farm revolution… Kudos to UBC’s Mark Bomford, quoted extensively. He was just hired by Yale University with real financial support after almost a decade of scraping and hustling to keep his job and the farm alive at UBC. Hello UBC– bring him back at the end of his contract year at Yale and start paying him!

Mark Bomford "in the field" at UBC

Here’s a note from Mark:

I’ve take on the position as the Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. It’s a permanent, full-time position, and there is tremendous opportunity for program growth and program creation here. The YSFP currently operates an urban farm on the main Yale campus, runs a variety of academic and community programs, and also works with Yale Dining to bring sustainable food through the dining halls in the residential colleges. I’m interested in building up their academic activity, pursuing more research and teaching at the graduate level, exploring the role that a non-agricultural university can play in broader food system reform, and also (of course) in expanding the farm’s operations. There is a very active sustainable food community in the Northeast with many similarities to the Northwest.

That said, I still feel a very strong connection to Vancouver and to the UBC Farm, which now has a bright future ahead of it as well. Formally, I am on a 1-year leave of absence from UBC and Amy Frye has assumed the role of acting Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm during this leave. I’m keeping in close contact with Amy and my friends at UBC and  have kept a seat on the Centre’s Advisory Committee.

I imagine I’ll know in the spring whether my time in the northeast will be a longer-term thing or a shorter-term thing, but right now I’m getting settled into the new project and making plans for its future.


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to crosscut.com, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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2 Responses to Universities, especially students, jumping into local food

  1. Peter-I’m planning a spring break road trip for my son and 2 of his friends to visit colleges in New England. With our own awakening, I am seeking out eateries that use local foods and I notice Burlington, VT is way ahead of other places!

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