Have you ever heard of it? The concept is simple, you give a farmer some money and they grow food on your behalf. Every week you get a box full of fruits and vegetables and the farmers get paid for their hard work. Quid pro quo.
This past semester an intern student from France joined our office and worked on a project designed to increase community agriculture on campus. Coraline's idea was to get a CSA started on campus and help build a more sustainable food system. Here's the thought process;
- People on campus need more access to locally grown food. Partnering with a local farm that has the capacity to deliver food to uOttawa greatly increases the chances that the community will take advantage of it.
- Access is one of the greatest challenges people face when trying to make healthy food choices. The easier it is to get your food, the more of it you will eat. Bringing healthy foods right to the campus will make it easier for more people to obtain that food.
- You need to be the change you want to see in society. If you want to have a more local food in society you need to create more opportunities for our farmers to sell to a local market.
If you are interested in joining the CSA, you can also contact Jon Rausseo for more details about how the whole programs works. Tomorrow is the first shipment to our office... excitement, happiness, good food and more news to come!
~jON - campus sustainability manager