Mohawk College - 2018-2019 Sustainability Report

Food Systems

A sustainable food system strengthens local production and distribution infrastructures, and makes nutritious food accessible and affordable to all.

Mohawk supports sustainable food systems by working to expand access to local food on campus, supporting pollinator populations, promoting the health and environmental impacts of everyday food choices, and developing knowledge through hands-on learning.

Key Initiatives

  • Expansion of the Community Garden to forty-nine plots

  • Local food Farm Stand and Bounty Bag programs established

  • Thirty-six tree fruit orchard established in honour of Fennell Campus' agricultural heritage

  • New six-hive honey bee apiary at Fennell Campus

  • Annual Thanksgiving at the Farm Stand event to build awareness and celebrate local food

300+
annual Community Garden participants learn to grow their own food

10,000 lbs
of local food purchased from the Farm Stand in 2019

354
Bounty Bags and Eat Better Bags purchased in 2019

300 lbs
of food donated to local food banks in 2019

Local Food Framework for Ontario Colleges

Increasing the amount of local food served on Ontario college campuses is an important opportunity for colleges to better serve their students and communities. "Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario's 24 Colleges" was a multi-stakeholder project led by Mohawk College in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund and the Government of Ontario.

The resulting Framework is a step-by-step guide to increasing local food procurement at Ontario's 24 colleges, providing templates, tools and resources to help college and foodservice staff procure, prepare and promote more local food on campus.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses, and at learning hubs across Hamilton.

Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada's greenest employers for six years in a row, and is also home to the country's largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

Land Acknowledgment

Mohawk College derives its name from the Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Confederacy marks a union of peace and friendship, and Mohawk College honours that union by recognizing the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We acknowledge that the territories on which Mohawk College and its campuses are situated are governed by the Between the Lakes Treaty, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, and the Upper Canada Treaty Agreement. These agreements are binding to this day and represent our mutual commitment to maintain healthy, reciprocal and respectful relationships with the many Indigenous nations and peoples of this area. We acknowledge this and iterate our dedication to inclusivity, to friendship and to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.

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