UBC Farm to launch sustainable food website at beet-tasting event

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      Here's a case in which research yields tasty results.

      Nonprofit society FarmFolk CityFolk and the Centre for Sustainable Food System at UBC Farm will hold an event entitled Seeds of Knowledge: A Research Showcase and Beet Tasting at the UBC Farm.

      Research at UBC Farm will be spotlighted, and will include a guide tour of the farm and University of the Fraser Valley and Kwantlen Polytechnic University researchers in attendance to share their knowledge.  

      As UBC Farm has held annual beet-tastings in the past two years, results of the golden and Chioggia beet trials (which are part of the B.C. Seed Trials), along with red beets, will be available for tasting raw, while two sweet and savoury beet-based dishes prepared by B.C. Seed Trials research assistant and chef Carla Hick will also be served.

      The event will mark the launch of the B.C. Food Web, an online database that will offer easily digestible (yes, we saw what we did there) information for agriculture industry workers and the general populace about sustainable agriculture and food systems research.

      The family-friendly event will also include a biodiversity scavenger hunt for children. The UBC Farm Market, which sells certified organic produce, flowers, and herbs, and hosts other local vendors, will also be open.

      It'll be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 21. Admission is free but online registration is required.

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