1. This is unedited raw footage of a walking tour given to The Global ARC (July 15, 2010) by Mark Bomford of the UBC Farm in Vancouver, BC. Mark Bomford works for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, where he manages the UBC Farm and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.

    The UBC Farm is considered to be the last working farm in the City of Vancouver. The farm includes 24 ha of mixed field and forest area on UBC's Point Grey campus and is home to numerous teaching, research, and community projects, including a student-run market garden which provides food for the campus community.

    The excerpt below from the UBC farm web site:

    The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is the steward of a unique resource: Vancouver’s last working farm. The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm located on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Forming a rich mosaic of cultivated fields, teaching gardens, forest stands, hedgerows, and orchard plantings, the Farm is a unique urban agrarian gem. Unique among on-campus facilities, the UBC Farm and its surrounding areas allow for field-scale production of food, fibre, and fuel, and provide a range of ecosystem services to the campus. In close proximity and fully integrated with a world-class community of researchers, South Campus affords an opportunity to better understand and manage the characteristics of the ecosystems that support urbanizing societies. The interface with the city enhances research opportunities that also address community, ecosystem, and global health.

    The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems's Mission is: To enable UBC to be a global leader in the creation of new patterns for sustainable and healthy communities integrated with their surrounding ecology, through exemplary, academically rigorous research, through transformative learning, through innovative cross-faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration, through socially responsible community engagement, and through international dialogue and knowledge-dissemination. The centre's programming integrates multiple learning, research, and community service functions.

    landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/about.php

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  2. Strathcona Community Garden, Global ARC interview (July 15, 2010) with Sharif Senbel, architect of the Garden's Eco-Pavilion.

    Since 1987, Strathcona Community Gardens has been cultivating 2.83 hectares of urban land to provide food for local residents and to educate the public. As a purely volunteer-driven community-based initiative, the intention of the garden is to promote sustainability and urban agriculture while providing local residents with the means to grow fresh food and create habitat for wildlife. Due to overwhelming demand, the site was expanded in 1991 to include the Cottonwood gardens. These gardens transformed a former city dump site into a vibrant landscape that provides individual garden plots as well as on-site education resources. The Strathcona and Cottonwood gardens have received local recognition and awards as well as international acclaim.

    Source:
    seatoskygreenguide.ca/open_spaces/strathcona_and_cottonwood_community_gardens

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  3. Strathcona Community Garden, Eco-Pavilion

    Interview with Maged Senbel, PhD, MCIP, LEED AP,
    Assistant Professor of Urban Design
    School of Community and Regional Planning
    College for Interdisciplinary Studies
    University of British Columbia

    The Eco-Pavilion, located in Strathcona Community Garden, has the distinction of being the first public building in Vancouver to be granted a permit for the use of environmentally sustainable energy and waste treatment systems. The project was a collaboration of the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), the Strathcona Community Garden Association, BARE Architects, and Youth Services Canada. It was constructed in 1997 by a group of young women who gained valuable building experience through their work on the project.

    The Eco-Pavilion provides a self-sufficient, environmentally- friendly building for seed storage, food preparation and educational workshops in the community garden.

    The building’s environmentally-friendly features include:

    *use of selectively harvested and recycled wood from Gabriola Island and Wildwood Forest on Vancouver Island to reduce pressure on old growth forests;.

    *use of photovoltaic cells for all lighting and electrical needs to reduce energy related emissions;

    *recycling of grey water from sinks through a gravel and aquatic plant purification system to reduce water consumption, allow watering during drought periods, and capture of nutrients for plant growth;

    *use of a composting toilet to convert human waste into fertilizer for the surrounding gardens, while reducing waste going off site and conserving water.

    Source : newcity.ca/Pages/ecopavilion.html

    The Eco-Pavilion is inside the Strathcona Community Gardens.

    Since 1987, Strathcona Community Gardens has been cultivating 2.83 hectares of urban land to provide food for local residents and to educate the public. As a purely volunteer-driven community-based initiative, the intention of the garden is to promote sustainability and urban agriculture while providing local residents with the means to grow fresh food and create habitat for wildlife. Due to overwhelming demand, the site was expanded in 1991 to include the Cottonwood gardens. These gardens transformed a former city dump site into a vibrant landscape that provides individual garden plots as well as on-site education resources. The Strathcona and Cottonwood gardens have received local recognition and awards as well as international acclaim.

    Source:
    seatoskygreenguide.ca/open_spaces/strathcona_and_cottonwood_community_gardens

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  4. Approximately 150 participants in the Political Equator 3 event came together to directly experience places along the U.S.-Mexico border where natural and social dynamics collide. The site visits included: (a) NGO Casa Familiar in the San Ysidro neighborhood on the US side, (b) The Tijuana River Estuary on the US side and (c) NGO Alter Terra in Los Laureles Canyon, an informal settlement in Mexico. Many of the participants crossed the border by foot from the US into Mexico through a culvert beneath the border fence.

    Photos of the event are on our Global ARC Flickr account at: flickr.com/photos/theglobalarc/sets/72157626940615252/

    This video clip shows the border crossing in process.

    The third program in a series of bi-national conferences, PE3 engaged pressing regional socio-economic, urban and environmental conditions across the San Diego–Tijuana border. These meetings have been focusing on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources and marginal communities.

    PE III focused on The Border Neighborhood as a Site of Production, investigating practices in the arts, architecture, science and the humanities that work with peripheral neighborhoods worldwide where conditions of social and economic emergency are inspiring new ways of thinking and doing across institutions of urban development and public culture. This event is receiving major support from the FORD Foundation in addition, this project has been supported in part by The Visual Arts Department and Calit2 at University of California, San Diego. for more information go to: PoliticalEquator.org

    Also see:
    ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2011/06/06_CruzBorder.asp

    facebook.com/pages/The-Political-Equator/128763580533496

    youtube.com/watch?v=cQjT6Rj9PFI

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    youtube.com/watch?v=GNoyMhKb12Q&feature=related

    youtube.com/watch?v=DiW_rSRGQ2w&feature=related

    rael-sanfratello.com/?p=1129

    mexicoperspective.com/political-equator-3.html

    artandeducation.net/announcement/political-equator-3/

    politicalequator.blogspot.com/

    turbulence.org/blog/2011/05/31/political-equator-3-san-diego-tijuana/

    ucira.ucsb.edu/ucira-artist-teddy-cruz-presents-political-equator-3-conversations-on-co-existence-border-neighborhoods-as-sites-of-production/

    dsgnagnc.org/2011/06/political-equator-3.html

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