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The Musqeam Garden

The Musqeam Garden

The Musqeam Garden

The UBC Farm is located on unceded ancestral Musqueam territory and acknowledges the deep relationship the Musqueam First Nation community has to the land, now utilized by UBC as a ‘living lab’. At its heart, the Musqueam Garden provides opportunities for sustenance on many levels to the Musqueam community. From growing fresh food to medicine making and mentoring youth, this ancient and ongoing stewardship of the land and the garden translates into a presence and knowledge that goes on to benefit UBC and the entire greater community.

Members of the Musqueam, particularly the Sparrow family, actively advise on protocols and help guide UBC Farm’s Indigenous initiatives, as well as strategically advise the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems throughout the year.

Through respectful interaction with traditional ecological knowledge, guidance and support for Indigenous programming at UBC Farm, students from all disciplines across UBC, as well as the public, learn perspectives, history and traditions with which they might not otherwise have an opportunity to engage. The garden also provides the Musqueam community with fresh, organic food grown by members and from the traditional cedar smokehouse, smoked fish that’s shared in community meals.

As UBC Farm’s existing Indigenous initiatives expand, the partnership between the Musqueam and Centre for Sustainable Food Systems will continue to grow ever stronger as each supports one another as respected and valued ‘change agents’ for sustainable food systems.

Learn more about Indigenous Initiatives at UBC Farm.

Other Stories from the Field

Story Credits

Special thanks to all of our story partners:

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Hannah Wittman, Academic Director; Ryan Weemhoff, Sales Manager; Véronik Campbell, Academic Programs Manager; Shannon Lambie, former Communications Coordinator; Hannah Lewis, Community Education Coordinator; Jaylin Melnichuk, former Feast Bowl Intern; Clare Cullen, Operations Director; Sarah Clements, Flower Intern and Practicum Field Mentor.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Jennifer Honeybourn, Director, Communications; Sean Smukler, Assistant Professor; students of APBI 260 Food & Environment 1; Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Other: Leonard Foster, Professor, Faculty of Medicine; Stacy Friedman, Program Manager, Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, Faculty of Education; Steve Golob, Chef, Place Vanier Residence.

Special thanks to the entire staff at the UBC Farm who have appeared in any of our photographs — thank you!

Story team: UBC Communications & Marketing — Cindy Connor, Online Producer; Martin Dee, UBC Photographer; Margaret Doyle, Digital Storyteller; Paul Joseph, UBC Photographer; Michael Kam, Web Developer; Adrian Liem, Manager, Digital Communications; Laura Stobbe, Communication Designer; Mark Pilon, Communication Designer; Jamil Rhajiak, Photographer; Aida Viziru, Web Interaction Designer; Matt Warburton, Manager, Graphic Design; Mormei Zanke, Assistant Writer. Additional copywriting — David Leidl, Copy Editor. Additional video direction and editing — Lu Zhang, Editor, Video Director; Lucas Hrubizna, Editor.

Thank you: The University of British Columbia Archives