Increasing numbers of universities around the globe have planted edible varieties and created edible landscapes on campus as issues of food accessibility and affordability are becoming better understood, particularly within their student population. Edible Campus initiatives often go beyond having a campus garden, and are about changing how people see the role of food as part of general landscaping.
Many students and staff have asked the Sustainability Office to explore the potential of doing the same here at UC, not realising that there are a number of food varieties already flourishing on campus!
Current plantings are already well browsed without much publicity – demonstrating there is an interest in, and demand for more food to be grown on campus. We already have two community gardens, and the Sustainability Office has a long term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing existing indigenous plantings and ecological restoration work.
During Eco Week this week (19-24 September), join Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardener, on a tour around campus to find out where you can forage and nibble your way around campus.
When: Friday 23 September, 12-1pm.
Where: Meet Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardener outside Café 1894 at noon sharp!
The Edible CampusTour is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Only a few places left! Bookings essential, 1.30pm–4 pm. Also: Cowspiracy screening (by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6pm-8pm
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late. Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.