Mohawk College farm stand returns for third season

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For students and staff at Mohawk College getting fresh produce is as easy as a walk outside.

The Mohawk College Farm Stand opened for a third year in a row last week in the Mohawk Students Association Square next to the Braley athletic centre and will continue to operate each Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. until September at which time it will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays to the first week of November.

“It’s basically a cart that we stack with all local (produce) from local farms through the Mustard Seed co-op downtown,” said Kate Flynn, the sustainable food systems research and project coordinator at Mohawk College.

Flynn said the produce available at multi-shelf wooden cart will reflect the growing season and is open to the general public and prices are expected to be competitive with local farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Fresh baked goods will be available in the coming weeks.

“The idea is to have healthy food on campus,” said Flynn, who noted patrons have the choice of buying either a basket of produce such as apples or peaches (depending on the season) or they can purchase one or two for snacking.

Flynn said the vegetable cart is the result of a request by students and staff at Mohawk that they be able to access fresh produce on site.

The initiative is collaboration between the college, MSA and Environment Hamilton.

Flynn said the college’s sustainability initiatives fund covered the modest start-up costs three years ago and produce sales cover the cost of running the cart which is staffed by Mohawk and Environment Hamilton summer job students.

Mohawk College farm stand returns for third season

Fresh produce available at Fennell campus until November

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For students and staff at Mohawk College getting fresh produce is as easy as a walk outside.

The Mohawk College Farm Stand opened for a third year in a row last week in the Mohawk Students Association Square next to the Braley athletic centre and will continue to operate each Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. until September at which time it will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays to the first week of November.

“It’s basically a cart that we stack with all local (produce) from local farms through the Mustard Seed co-op downtown,” said Kate Flynn, the sustainable food systems research and project coordinator at Mohawk College.

Flynn said the produce available at multi-shelf wooden cart will reflect the growing season and is open to the general public and prices are expected to be competitive with local farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Fresh baked goods will be available in the coming weeks.

“The idea is to have healthy food on campus,” said Flynn, who noted patrons have the choice of buying either a basket of produce such as apples or peaches (depending on the season) or they can purchase one or two for snacking.

Flynn said the vegetable cart is the result of a request by students and staff at Mohawk that they be able to access fresh produce on site.

The initiative is collaboration between the college, MSA and Environment Hamilton.

Flynn said the college’s sustainability initiatives fund covered the modest start-up costs three years ago and produce sales cover the cost of running the cart which is staffed by Mohawk and Environment Hamilton summer job students.

Mohawk College farm stand returns for third season

Fresh produce available at Fennell campus until November

News Aug 03, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For students and staff at Mohawk College getting fresh produce is as easy as a walk outside.

The Mohawk College Farm Stand opened for a third year in a row last week in the Mohawk Students Association Square next to the Braley athletic centre and will continue to operate each Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. until September at which time it will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays to the first week of November.

“It’s basically a cart that we stack with all local (produce) from local farms through the Mustard Seed co-op downtown,” said Kate Flynn, the sustainable food systems research and project coordinator at Mohawk College.

Flynn said the produce available at multi-shelf wooden cart will reflect the growing season and is open to the general public and prices are expected to be competitive with local farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Fresh baked goods will be available in the coming weeks.

“The idea is to have healthy food on campus,” said Flynn, who noted patrons have the choice of buying either a basket of produce such as apples or peaches (depending on the season) or they can purchase one or two for snacking.

Flynn said the vegetable cart is the result of a request by students and staff at Mohawk that they be able to access fresh produce on site.

The initiative is collaboration between the college, MSA and Environment Hamilton.

Flynn said the college’s sustainability initiatives fund covered the modest start-up costs three years ago and produce sales cover the cost of running the cart which is staffed by Mohawk and Environment Hamilton summer job students.