Sustainable SFU’s Local Food Program

Sustainable SFU’s Local Food Program

By: Rebekah Abebe
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I currently volunteer for Sustainable SFU’s Local Food Program in the Harvest Box division. The Harvest Box is run by Sustainable SFU student volunteers. Their tasks are to regularly deliver fresh, local produce to students, staff and faculty at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver. The Harvest Box distribution occurs on the second and last Thursday of every month.

I volunteer in the Harvest Box because I want to take part in giving boxes of food to others. I was attracted by Sustainable SFU’s desire to reduce the amount of energy it takes to transfer food and I was fascinated by what local food really looks like. I also appreciate that Sustainable SFU regularly donates boxes of food to the Women’s Centre and to Simon Fraser University students who are financially in need. The majority of the boxes are purchased by individuals in the community.

There are other ways students can volunteer in the Local Food Program, for example, with the Pocket Farmers Market. In the spring and summer, Sustainable SFU partners with the Coquitlam Farmers Market Society to offer a Pocket Farmers Market on Burnaby Mountain.

Sustainable SFU also runs two gardens on Burnaby Mountain. One of the gardens is the Naheeno Community Garden Park. Members of the Burnaby community including Simon Fraser University students can have their own plot to grow whatever they desire. The second garden is the new Research & Learning Garden. Many of the plots for the Research & Learning Garden are used by staff and students for education and research.

If you have any interest in promoting sustainable food and agriculture in the SFU community then I recommend browsing through the Sustainable SFU website.

Posted on June 24, 2013