MacDonald Campus' 'Farm-to-School' project is a fun and innovative programme that teaches schoolchildren to value and appreciate the food they eat as they learn, hands-on, about its production from seed to table. The project is a co-operative educational venture between McGill University students and the children of Joseph-Henricot elementary school of Baie-d'Urfé.
BIO BLITZ McGill is a one-day biological discovery event for students on the downtown and MacDonald campuses of McGill University that takes place once in April and again in September. Participants are taken on an expertly-guided tour of the flora and fauna found on campus, and their recorded observations help create a baseline inventory that can be used to evaluate changes in biodiveristy and/or to guide land-use decisions.
The Plate Club is a service on campus that offers the free use of quality reusable dishware and utensils in place of disposable, typically paper or Styrofoam, items. The Plate Club offers their inventory to members of the McGill community in the SSMU cafeteria, and to groups holding events; their ultimate goal being to reduce waste while promoting sustainability and awareness on campus.
The McGill Spaces Project is an initiative that seeks to re-imagine un-used or under-used spaces around the McGill Campus in creative and sustainable ways. The project is an exploration of how physical space on campus influences quality of life, contributes to social sustainability - and whow we can take action to revitalize these spaces to better meet community needs while fostering sustainability.
MacDonald Campus Druids is a project which expands the capacity of MSEG's (MacDonald's Student-run Ecological Garden) fields to grow spices and herbs for production of a variety of retail plants and food products. Locally grown, pre-packaged dry spices/herbs, teas, and the plants used to make them will be available to buy in bulk at campus markets, along with a booklet and workshops that educate the student community on their properties and medicinal uses.
'Thomson House Community Garden' is a project which expands the existing garden bed infrastructure of Thomson House grounds with the addition of a community container garden, furthering the mandate of the PGSS Sustainability Action Plan and Environment Committee. Several summer and fall workshops will share resources and teach the skills needed for success in small-scale urban agriculture.
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.