Food issues fodder for students

Vancouver Island University hopes to improve student participation in food issues and related solutions.

Increased awareness of food issues and a more sustainable food system on campus is the premise behind  Vancouver Island University’s Campus Food Strategy Project.

Trying to engage more student participation in food issues and related solutions, the project takes place Tuesday and Wednesday (March 6-7) and includes a dinner Tuesday from 5-8:30 p.m. in VIU’s Royal Arbutus Room.

The keynote speaker is Nick Versteeg, producer of the documentaries Island on the Edge and Food Security – It’s in your hands.

The objective of the evening is to engage the student body in the project and get feedback on what they want VIU’s future food system to develop into.

Dinner is provided by the school’s culinary arts program.

Wednesday’s portion of the project includes a grow your own mushrooms workshop 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VIU community garden between buildings 305 and 355.

Participants learn to inoculate logs with mushroom plug to spawn and grow edible mushrooms. Hands on components include a drill, mallet, wax and logs that students can take away for harvesting. The logs will fruit mushrooms in one to six months. Cost of the workshop is $10.

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