Eating local is now easier and greener at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The Growcer is an out-of-the-box local food solution located steps away from the dining hall.
Acadia partnered with its food service provider Chartwells to bring the hydroponic, vertical growing system housed inside a repurposed shipping container to campus. It will produce greens and microgreens year-round and employ students. It's the first of its kind for post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada.
"This is just one example of out-of-the-box thinking at Acadia in support of our students and greening the campus," says Jodie Noiles, Acadia's Sustainability Coordinator. "This initiative builds on an existing commitment to purchase and use local produce in our food services."
The Growcer is part of an ambitious new Food Services Plan for the campus. Created by a committee of Acadia students, faculty, and staff along with public health experts, the plan focuses on healthy eating, sustainability, and affordability. "It is one of the most comprehensive and progressive plans for food services across Canada," says Noiles.