CMU Farm

This project will see two aspiring urban farmers develop a partnership with Canadian Mennonite University to establish a 1-2 acre vegetable farm on the Shaftesbury campus.  The farm will be tended by two farmers who will work the equivalent of full time for the months of May until September.  The food that is produced will be marketed via three proposed avenues:  a twenty share CSA, an on campus farmers’ market, and the university cafeteria.  Anticipated outcomes include a sustainable partnership model with CMU, development of lcoal markets for produce, vocational training for CMU students, and an increased awareness of community food security among students, staff, faculty, and supporting constituency of the university.  In addition, the first year of the project will intentionally explore linkages with the department of International Development Studies, where community-based projects, rural development, small-scale agriculture and food security more broadly are part of the existing academic curriculum.

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