#Green Thumbs: Adam McLaughlin tells us about Community Supported Agriculture

Adam McLaughlin and Johnathan Duffy recognized an important need: university students were not learning essential basic skills about how to operate a small-scale farm.

This is because most people don’t think that farms can generate a viable income……

SO!

Jonathan set out on a mission to debunk this myth in 2015 and Adam joined him and the Trent Market Garden team in 2016!!

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They worked hard to implement a new research driven approach to farm management on the Trent University campus – right in Trent’s backyard on a 33 acre site.

The Trent Market Garden is situated on the Trent Experimental Farm –a place for faculty and students to engage in agriculture research and food initiatives.

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In partnership with Chartwells, the Trent School of the Environment, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Department, and the Trent Food Service Association, the Trent Market Garden was born.

Over time, the TMG has set roots and is now looking to further connect with the Trent Community through its Community Supported Agriculture project!

The idea is this: people can purchase a “share” of the Trent Market Garden’s 2017 harvest for either $400.00 or $200.00

The shares are a direct investment in the farm.

The shares are essentially “farm credits” that provide weekly vegetables for the members.

At the farm, a variety of fresh vegetables are grown, including mini romaine, kale, spinach, peas, squash, tomatoes, and various herbs.

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The revenue from the farm credits is used for:

  • Hiring Trent University students
  • Operational and infrastructure costs; and
  • Outreach programs for the community.

The overarching goal of this project is to provide meaningful employment opportunities for students at school and to bring the community closer to their food sources, all while proving a career in small-scale farming is profitable.

By working at the farm, students can learn about behind-the scenes of managing a farm-based business.

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They can gain practical experience about how to operate a small-scale farm and learn what it takes to take it to the next level.

This will foster a culture of food sustainability by connecting people to their farm – and also to the people who manage them!

We thank Adam and Johnathan and all the professors for helping to spearhead this initiative and for taking farm-based learning and management to the next level.

This project would not exist without the love for the project and for the essential volunteer spirit!

Please visit: http://trentmarketgarden.ca/ for more information!

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One comment

  • Love the story!! :-)Is it “Johnathan” or “Jonathan”? (2 times, near beginning and end of blog)

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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