From the initial applications: In creating a food system known for its transparency and accountability, the McGill Food Systems Project (MFSP) practices an exemplary model of student engagement where diverse stakeholders are able to work in collaboration towards a common goal.
The McGill feeding McGill project, the Macdonald Campus Farm and McGill Food and Dining Services are building part of a sustainable food system at McGill.
The objective of the project is to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables from the Macdonald Campus’s Horticultural Center to McGill’s downtown residences and the general student community.
With the support of the Sustainability Fund, McGill Food and Dining Services (MFDS) hired a Food Systems Administrator in August 2010 to consolidate the food purchasing function for the department, to create more sustainable & local food purchasing at McGill, to bring fresher, tastier and more nutrient-rich food to the McGill community, and to support a culture of sustainability at McGill.
The McGill Farmers’ Market (MFM) aims to bring delicious, local, seasonal produce to McGill's downtown campus, with weekly Farmers' Markets throughout September and October, and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project from July to October.
Campus Crops is a student run urban gardening initiative at McGill University's downtown campus. We grow food on campus, by students, for students.
Macdonald has the benefit of an organic waste stream comprising both food waste from campus buildings and farm waste. This duality makes Mac an ideal location for research and experimentation with anaerobic digestion applicable to both municipalities and farm operations.
This project created an innovative protocol on how to grow gourmet oyster mushrooms from spent coffee grounds. They collected used coffee grounds from McGill cafeterias and area cafes, which was used for their experimental research to grow edible mushrooms.
A continuation of the McGill Food Systems Project Local Food Plus Intern (SP0045): A McGill student will intern with Local Food Plus, assisting with Quebec farm certifications over the summer of 2011, helping McGill meet the Certified Local Sustainable supply for the campus' food services demands as McGill prepares to launch a partnership with Local Food Plus in fall 2011.