This Bike to Work week I had the opportunity to join the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market‘s Biking to the Market ride hosted by the Sustainability Office at the University of Manitoba. A good group of people from different ages and backgrounds joined the 30 minute ride from campus to the largest farmers’ market in Winnipeg. Michaela, a Nutritional Sciences student came out to exercise, meet other people and get local and fresh food from Manitoba. Cody, a former Environmental Studies student and current garden coordinator came to get out on a nice day to explore local food sources and meet other people interested in local food on campus. This is just one event happening these days on campus around local food. The University has also been a participant of Manitoba on the Menu’s pilot program to better understand how much local food is being bought on campus, and recently launched a Sustainable Food Systems draft report that highlighted the current food activities on campus, as well as the challenges.
“This year we produced a document called “Food at the University of Manitoba”, a baseline document that gives us a snap shot of what the food system on campus looks like right now”, says Anna, Outreach Coordinator with the U of M Sustainability Office.
“This University has a proud history of supporting research and education on food systems; we are hoping to increase that work while continuing to support local and sustainable food systems on campus and beyond. We look forward to partnering with students, staff and faculty to make that happen. This bike ride was an example of the kinds of initiatives and partnerships that we love to see happening.”
Stay tuned for other initiatives happening around local food this fall and beyond!
Leanne Dunne is the Local Food Procurement Coordinator at Food Matters Manitoba.