Cultivating Support for UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is leading the way to sustainable agriculture and food policy through its farming, research and youth learning programs. Sadly, it faces the threat of diminishing from a healthy farm of twenty-four hectares to as few as five hectares in size. At its current size, the farm’s work and research is directly applicable to many farms in British Columbia. Join us in the fight for sustainability by helping to preserve the Farm.

The world can put its bid in to save UBC Farm from development when Farmstead Wines and Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks launch an online auction website on Wednesday, September 10th. The item up for bid is a home-cooked dinner for eight prepared by Barbara-jo McIntosh, owner of Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, and Anthony Nicalo, President of Farmstead Wines. Visit to show your support for the Farm over a delicious meal. The pair are launching this online auction exactly ten days before a fundraiser they have organized for Saturday, September 20th that will unite thirty-six concerned Vancouverites and six of the city’s finest restaurants to raise funds for the preservation of UBC Farm in its current size and location.

On September 20th, West, Gastropod, Cru, Fuel, Chow and La Quercia will each set a table for six and serve dinner on the house in honour of UBC Farm’s contribution to this city. Before sitting down to their specially-designed five-course menu, paired with Farmstead Wines, the participating Farm patrons will meet at UBC Farm for wine, canapés and a Farm tour. Here, it will be revealed which one of the six restaurants they will dine in that evening. Volunteer drivers will preserve tonight’s green mantra by transporting the patrons from their homes to the Farm to the restaurants in a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid cars. When the dishes are cleared, the Farm patrons will have one last chance to top the highest bid on the online auction which will officially close at midnight on September 20th. Tickets for this event are $250.00. Attire is farm-formal. Please call Books to Cooks at 604.688.6755 to purchase your seat now. 100% of the net proceeds from ticket sales and the auction will be entrusted to the Save the Farm Campaign and its efforts in raising awareness for this vital issue. What better way to celebrate the benefits of UBC Farm than an evening of local wining and dining?