B-shack is an outreach, education and research hub anchored with a pavilion at the Macdonald Farm designed, fabricated and assembled by a diverse group of students to creatively engage the extended McGill community and the citizens of Montreal in addressing the imminent threat to the world food supply by honeybee colony collapse disorder (CCD). The SPF provided the means to construct a wooden pavilion with a steel structure that contains beehives at MacDonald Campus.
The McGill Student Ecological Garden operates a 1 1/4 acre farm on the MacDonald Campus to produce local food stuffs from various different crops and farm animals. The MSEG Root Crop Washer is a small-scale root crop (carrots, turnips etc.) washing machine that the organization uses to increase the efficiency and efficacy of the produce cleaning process while decreasing the amount of physical exertion required.
The 'Out-of-the-Garden Project' (OGP) is an ongoing effort to establish a student-run café on MacDonald Campus which serves breakfast and lunch twice a week with ingredients sourced locally from McGill student farming projects. With this second round of SPF funding, the OGP purchased capital equipment and supplies to establish the café and began to serve breakfast and lunch to students once a week.
Vision 2020: Moving Beyond the Plan aims to institutionalize and initiate the implementation of the long-term sustainability strategy developed for – and from – the McGill community.
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The project has three objectives:
The McGill Apicultural Association (MAA), along with the MacDonald Student-run Ecologocal Gardens (MSEG) and the Office of Student Academic Services at MacDonald Campus (OSAS) has worked with the SPF to create and institutionalize a beekeeping and farming internship program. This project provides sufficient hives to create the revenue needed to employ students in the summer, and promotes student engagement with apiculture on MacDonald Campus.