CSA FoodBank Initiates Plan to Build Campus Garden

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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  • Brittany Skelton, CSA FoodBank Co-ordinator

    Brittany Skelton, CSA FoodBank Co-ordinator

  • Skelton displaying draft plans of the campus garden

    Skelton displaying draft plans of the campus garden

  • Recipes, non-perishable foods and other resources available at the CSA FoodBank

    Recipes, non-perishable foods and other resources available at the CSA FoodBank

Written by Alice Lin

The CSA FoodBank will be launching an exciting new plan to build a campus garden at the University of Guelph. The kick-off is scheduled for the end of April 2014 and its addition will be able to supply the food bank with more nutritious, fresh, and locally sourced foods. The garden will also be including raised beds, further strengthening the vision of this year’s CSA in building a more accessible campus.

The CSA FoodBank has been serving both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Guelph for nearly a decade. Since their establishment in 2004, there has been a significant increase in demand for their services, reflecting the deep rooted issues behind hunger and food insecurity in the community.

The addition of the campus garden will not only add a more nutritious selection of foods for its customers, Brittany Skeltonthe CSA FoodBank Co-ordinator, says that this will also render the opportunity to tackle the issue in the community. Skelton has always been passionate about food security. As a student leader, she has had extensive experience in volunteering with other organizations such as Meal Exchange. “We [the CSA FoodBank] are focusing on being more than just a food bank,” says Skelton, who graduated in from International Development program in fall 2013, “the garden is a more holistic and comprehensive way in facing the problem.”

In addition to supplying food for those seeking the services provided by the CSA FoodBank, the campus garden will also provide the opportunity for people to engage in growing the food themselves as well. “There will be workshops that will be provided on different topics such as weeding, planting, and general maintenance on gardening,” said Skelton, “by offering these workshops, we can share knowledge about food production with one another, which is crucial in building resilience for the individual and also in the community.”

The current planning committee consists of 15 to 20 students that involve both Masters and undergraduate level students from a variety of backgrounds such as Engineering, International Development and Landscape Architecture. The bulk of the work will be completed in the summer time by sub-committees and will have plenty of available opportunities for students to volunteer. If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail: [email protected]

Furthermore, food is key in human dignity and it is no doubt that everyone needs food to live. “People often forget how integral food is in our lives, beyond just the nutrition and its necessifood brings people together” said Skelton.

For more information visit: http://www.csaonline.ca/foodbank/

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  1. Posted by: on Jan 16, 2014 @ 9:45am

    Absolutely fantastic! Community Food Centres of Canada will be proud : )
    This garden is going to rock!

    Thanks for sharing, theCannon!

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