From March 28-31, five hundred youth gathered in Halifax/K’jipuktuk, Mi’kmaq’i Territory for PowerShift Atlantic. The largest climate and social justice summit in Atlantic Canada, PowerShift Atlantic brought together folks from across movements to build momentum and catalyze action.

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CFSP Powershift

The Campus Food Systems Project had representations from Dalhousie University, Memorial University, St. Francis Xavier University and the National Office. The 5 CFSPers facilitated a dynamic session that asked participants to map out a food system they would like to participate in. The presenters from each campus then explained the profound effect their work on campus had helped to create.

From connecting with local fishers, to creating new research groups and helping to build a cold-room storage, the ideas were endless. Click here to find out more about Powershift.

Webinar: Relationship Advice from the Campus Food Systems Project

Local, sustainable procurement on campus and in any institution or
municipality requires a strong foundation of relationships and trust to grow from. In the nearly 3 years of work with the Campus Food Systems Project, the biggest changes we’ve seen on campuses can be traced back to strong relationships that our student coordinators are forging across their camps food systems. charter drafting group

 Join us on Thursday, April 10 at 1pm EST/10am PST/2pm AST/2:30pm NST to learn more about the role of relationships in affecting food systems change. Hear directly from our student leaders about who they’re working with, how they’re doing it, and the results that are emerging. Click here for more information and to register!



Building Community and a Healthier Campus – George Brown’s Good Food Market

Thursdays at the St. James Campus of George Brown College boast a very unique addition to the traditional campus landscape, an extremely popular campus good food market!

Co-op students from the Community Worker Program team up with the Deaf Academic Upgrading Program and volunteers to deliver a bountiful array of fresh, affordably-priced produce. A member of  FoodShare’s Good Food Market Program, and the second largest Good Food Market in the city, the market at George Brown has grown its from sales of $300 to $1,600 in the two years since it began. It’s moved from a classroom location to the main lobby of the campus. And it’s brought in an array of community members – from senior citizens who make the market their regular shopping spot, to a ride-by bike courier! Continue reading

Canadian Association of Food Studies Conference!

header2The Canadian Association of Food Studies is hosting a full-day pre-conference open to all students, postdocs and emerging researchers (including new faculty, sessionals, and community-based researchers). Participants in the 2014 pre-conference will engage in a series of panel presentations and participatory, discussion-based workshops facilitated by leading food studies researchers.

The Campus Food Systems Project will be facilitating a workshop which will ask how food studies can change our food system. The conference will bring together some of the top minds in food studies and be a fun, challenging and engaging learning experience for all.

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Last Week for Early Bird Registration – Canadian Association of Food Studies Conference

Borders without Boundaries: Exploring Collaboration in Food Studies is the theme of the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS). This year’s conference will be hosted from May 24-27 at Brock University. Students, Postdocs, and emerging scholars are invited to join a one-day pre-conference as well. CAFS meetings are essential spaces to network and meet the great thinkers, projects, community partners, and participants in the dynamic field of Food Studies. CAFS meetings are also great places to share and grow your latest work and ideas relating to food. The Campus Food Systems Project will be presenting and sharing our latest work and newest opportunities to collaborate.

Click here to register with Congress get in on the Early Bird Rate. We hope to see you there!

Nutritional Transparency Initiative Launches at University of Victoria

If it’s true that we are what we eat, it’s important to know what it is that we’re eating! As students on campuses are often making their own choices around the foods they eat for the first time, the Campus Food Systems Project believes that our public institutions have a role to play in Idining_Contest_Landingsupporting those choices to be healthy and informed. Transparency and accessibility of information are an essential foundation to support healthy campus communities.

The Informed Dining Program launched at University of Victoria will help the community make comprehensive choices about the food they purchase on campus by providing detailed nutritional information for all standard menu items served in outlets on campus. The initiative is supported by Healthy Families BC. UVIC is the first public institution to house the program. Watch this video to see what students and staff have to say about this initiative.


Interview with Newly Graduated Food Leader


Food has the power to create great shifts – in mood, in experience as a student and even create a career. After two years being a Campus Food Systems Project Student Coordinator at VIU, Celia White has now stepped in to a full-time “Healthy Communities Coordinator” Position. To read about her experience, how she helped to create her own position and the impact she is having, please read our interview here! 

Food Secure Canada – Call for Proposals


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We know that students are doing some cutting edge, innovative and noteworthy work with food on campuses and in their communities – if this sounds like you shout it out! Apply to present at Food Secure Canada’s Fall Assembly! Waves of Change – the 8th National Assembly will be a unique gathering of Canada’s food movement from November 13-16 in Halifax – the first in Atlantic Canada! For three action-packed days, people from many different walks of life who are passionate about building healthy, sustainable food systems where no-one is hungry will gather to share, strategize and build a better future for food in Canada.

Food Secure Canada’s Youth Caucus will also be gathering in person for the first time since it’s launch and hosting programming for youth by youth.

We hope to see you there!

Proposals are being accepted until April 18.

Student Food Positions

DSCN0939Over the past 3 years, students in the Campus Food Systems Project network have been working diligently to explore how food can address the ecological, health, economic and social goals of their campus and community. Increasingly campuses are seeing the necessary role of the CFSP and on-site coordinators.  As a result, student unions and campus administration are creating and financing student positions to address and support the student food movement. Here are some recent examples of campus food positions in the CFSP Network:

Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinator – University of Manitoba (UofM)

UofM’s Sustainability Office and the UofM Campus Food Strategy Group are partnering on the development of a Campus Food Strategy. The Strategy will feed into the campus’ master plan and will place a strong focus on student and campus community engagement. The first step in this process will be to conduct a campus baseline assessment in order to create an objective picture of the food system at the University of Manitoba. Led up by the Office of Sustainability, Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinator- Julie Rempel-  has been hired on as a sustainability research analyst to coordinate the research process in collaboration with key stakeholders and with the support of applied student research.

Campus Food Coordinator – University of New Brunswick (UNB)

The UNB’s Student Union has created a Campus Food Coordinator 774626_533801316650801_112183518_oposition. This position will support initiatives related for students’ healthy living and eating including managing the Community Food Smart Fresh Food Bags program.  This position will bring the student voices to many tables and collaborate with the Campus Food Strategy Group to build and strengthen the student food movement on campus.  Read more - here.

Campus Food Systems Team: Vancouver Island University (VIU) and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

With the support of on campus funders (VIU’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and Provost, and UNBC’s Green Fund) as well as the Vancouver Foundation and the Moss Rock Park Foundation, the Campus Food Systems Project is continuing its work on the production and provision of healthy, sustainable and local food as well as building the student food movement through policy development and student engagement.

Through the kind support of the funders above, the following positions have been created:

Campus Food Strategy Coordinator – StFX

In the 2014-2015 school year, StFX’s Student’s Union will house a Campus Food Strategy Coordinator.  In addition to supporting Applied Student Research with Service Learning, liaising between students and the food services team and administration, and overseeing the execution of Meal Exchange events, the coordinator will work closely with the Student Food Resource Center Coordinator to co-manage StFX’s Food Society. The position was developed in tandem with existing food leaders on campus, and crafted to fill existing gaps and support food work on campus to ensure student leadership and engagement toward systemic change for the food system at StFX. The position will be supported by an honorarium and reviewed for any changes that may enhance the position after its pilot year.

Colloque Campus Durable – Sustainable Campus Conferences in Québec

The Québec Sustainable Campuses Conference occured on February 7th and 8th at Laval University in Québec City. This conference brought together student leaders to discuss environmental issues important to them. The Sierra Youth Coalition’s, Sarah Archibald and Floris Ensink, facilitated a session on the student food movement. We discussed ideas for student run cafés, greenhouses and gardens on campus and effective strategies for student engagement.  A big thank you to PJDD, SYC-CJS and Univert Laval! Colloque Campus Durable

Le 7 et 8 février a eu lieu le 9e colloque québécois Campus durable à Québec. Après une absence de 2 ans, les étudiants d’Univert Laval, en collaboration avec la Coalition Jeunesse Sierra et le PJDD, ont repris le flambeau et organisé deux jours de conférences, ateliers, rencontres et projections de films. Avec plus que 60 participants, venant de 10 différentes universités, l’événement a été un franc succès. Highlights du colloque étaient les conférences de l’AQLP, celui de Greenpeace et bien sûr tous les échanges entre les étudiants et autres acteurs qui avancent le développement durable sur les campus québécois.