Living lab advancing food sovereignty for rural Indigenous communities

As part of a national network of college and institute campuses showcasing ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canadore College is going one step further to advance a key goal for the region: food security for rural and Indigenous communities.

“As part of the ImpAct Climate project, Colleges and Institutes Canada [CICan] put a call out to develop living lab projects that demonstrate ways to implement greenhouse gas emission reductions in areas including food, green building, and Indigenous practices,” says Jesse Russell, Sustainable Development project leader.

In response, Canadore has created a sustainable food development site called the Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre of Excellence, a grow pod located at the College Drive Campus in North Bay, Ontario.

“This grow pod is climate resistant and operates off-grid, thereby displacing the use of fossil fuels,” says Mr. Russell. “It is currently supplying vegetables and herbs to Canadore’s on-campus restaurant, 100 Elements.


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