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.
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.
(Justice Alimentaire pour Montréal (JAM) is a grassroots initiative working to meet the challenge of building a community for those with a common interest in improving the locality of and access to food systems. The initiative has had success in connecting people and organizations in Montréal who want to change our current agro-industrial food system through information sharing, research, meetings, events, networking, and applied student research.
The mandate of McGill Feeding McGill is to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables from the Macdonald Campus’s Horticultural Research Center to McGill University’s Food and Dining services operated residences and the general student community.