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Extending BC local food purchasing on campus : connecting SPUD with Sage Bistro Hasebe, Michelle; Tress, Cheryl; Chi, Hoi Ting; Lazzinnaro, Rob; Redvers, Jenn; Andriashyk, Stacie; Konken, Charlotte


A food system at the University of British Columbia (UBC), which obtains food from local sources can have direct benefits to consumers in the form of fresh and nutritious food. As well, the local economy is boosted when local farmers and food producers are supported, and reduced food mileage saves the environment. Finally a sense of caring and community can be fostered at UBC as consumers build a connection to their food source. Supporting and strengthening the local food shed is essential in creating a sustainable campus. The UBC Food Systems Project (UBCFSP) is implementing new initiatives to move the UBC food system towards sustainability. Guided by the objectives of Scenario 4 of the UBCFSP: Extending BC local food purchasing on campus, Group 4 investigated the following: Local food initiatives adopted by the University of Toronto (U of T) in collaboration Local Flavor Plus (LFP), The Vancouver Food Policy Council, Small Potato Urban Delivery (SPUD), UBC Food Services (UBCFS), Sage Bistro and Natty King (a local producer). Data was collected via literature reviews, phone interviews and email correspondence. Group 4 acted as a catalyst in initiating a business relationship between Sage Bistro, SPUD and UBCFS. The project culminated as a focus group attended by representatives of the organizations listed above as well as Liska Richer, UBCFSP Coordinator and Group 4 members. As a result of the focus group Sage Bistro will incorporate local foods acquired from SPUD into their menu on a trial bases to test customer reception and further explore the business potential of incorporating local foods into their menu. In the long-term alternative local food producers and distributors will need to be explored as a means to meet increased quantity and variety demands by Sage Bistro and potentially other UBC food providers. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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