Sprouts Boxes are now sold out for Term 1!

Stay tuned to this page for information on Term 2.


What is a Sprouts Box?

The Sprouts Box initiative is a non-profit weekly subscription to fresh, local and organic BC-grown produce. We offer these subscription boxes to not only make healthy and sustainably produced food affordable/accessible to the UBC community, but also to support local food producers. This term there will be 10 weeks of boxes!


How does it work?

Every Wednesday from September 25th - November 27th Sprouts Box volunteers help to organize the fruits and vegetables according to weight and quantity. The produce is then weighed and distributed between all of the Sprouts Boxes by box size. When this is finished, the boxes are ready for pick up in the Sprouts Cafe. You will check in at the cashier and we will pull your subscription box from our fridge. We encourage all subscribers to bring multiple reusable bags to carry the contents of your box home with you.


How do i pay?

CASH / CHEQUE / CREDIT* / DEBIT*

Small Box Subscription: $220 / Large Box Subscription: $280

If you’d prefer to pay cash or cheque or with debit in person, please email us at sproutsbox@ubcsprouts.ca to reserve a box size. We will follow up to arrange in-person-payments directly. Make sure that these direct payments are made before 5pm on September 23rd. You will not be able to pick up your first box until the full subscription payment is made.

There is also the option to pay online here! Once your (Canadian) credit card information is inputted, you’ll be immediately added to the subscription list!

*There is a 3% fee for all card transactions*

Volunteers receive a 10% discount on their Sprouts Box subscription. If you are a volunteer, contact us with the details of your Sprouts volunteer shift, and we can apply the discount in person.


Do they normally sell out?

Yes! This year we are capping the number of boxes at 60 this term. Please email us with your interest as soon as possible (sproutsbox@ubcsprouts.ca).

What's in it?

Sprouts Boxes come with assorted local, seasonal produce such as apples, pears, beets, carrots, radishes, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, celeriac, leeks, sunchokes, sprouts, herbs, parsnips, greens and winter squashes. The boxes aren’t customizable, but we offer the option of two sizes so that you can receive the amount of food that’s appropriate for your home.

All Sprouts Box subscribers will also receive a virtual newsletter that includes news and updates from Sprouts, a summary of the box contents/where every product come from, storage tips and some fun recipe ideas. This will be a reminder email, sent the day before pick-up!


When is pick up?

Pick up is every Wednesday in the new Sprouts Cafe from 12-5 pm (in the basement of the UBC Life Building). If you are unavailable able to pick up at this time, please arrange for a friend or roommate to grab it. Let the Coordinators know in advance who will be picking up your box upon your behalf, via email.


How much is in it?

The exact content varies from week to week. A small box is recommended for households of 1-3 people. A large box, recommended for households of 2-4 people, contains the same fruits and vegetables as a small box, but in larger quantities. The small box is exactly 75% of the quantity/weight of what is in a large box.