Fresh local food will soon be on plates across Ontario colleges thanks to efforts right here in Hamilton.
Mohawk College has spearheaded a project that will lead to the development of a procurement process that will bring in more dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables grown right here Ontario.
Sustainability Manager, Allan Griffiths says it will fix a long-standing problem.
“Right now it is easier for us to buy an apple grown four thousand kilometres away in California than it is to buy one grown less than forty kilometres away in one of our local farmer’s orchards.”
Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund says his organization will be pitching in to help with this process.
“With our investment of 100 thousand dollars they expect to buy more than 1.5 million dollars more of Ontario products, that’s a one to fifteen return.”
Mohawk College will match that 100 thousand as they take on a multi-stage process.
First with the help of public and private partners, the college will engage in industry research.
By Fall this initiative will launch a series of pilot projects.
This will be followed by a research summit and a final report that other colleges will then be able to look at as a “how to” guide for procuring local food according to Griffiths.
The final report is due out in 2018.