Published on February 24, 2014 | by Yasmin Erguder

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Student Eats project continues to expand

Canteen food at LCC

Student Eats enables universities to establish their own food growing schemes for students on campus. [Rosa Hardaker]

Student Eats, a project led by NUS that supports institutions in cultivating student-led growing sites for fruit and vegetables, has added five additional university participants

The new participants include the University of Bedfordshire, Birmingham City University, University of Leicester, University of Roehampton and the University of Surrey.

Supported by a team of dedicated students, staff and members of the local community, Student Eats “puts student-led allotments on campuses across the UK,” according to Russell Warfield, the Sustainability Communications Coordinator of the NUS.

Organic principles

He said: “Using organic principles, these gardens bring together staff, students and members of the local community, promoting more sustainable, low-carbon food production.”

Warfield added: “Aside from promoting a fairer, more sustainable food system, Student Eats also boasts a range of other benefits. The gardens help bring academics closer to the sustainability agenda, as well as providing the basis for really embedding these issues across education.”

According to Warfield, the initiative has been expanded to deliver to 23 institutions since it began in the Summer of 2012.

Cilga Yesilyaprak, a BA Media Communications student at London College of Communication, said: “I have heard about this activity before and it seems to be very productive. I don’t know why our school is not a participant.”

The project helps people make their own organic produce and encourages institutions to develop more growing sites. The produce grown can then be sold to other students at a very low cost.

Student Eats is considered a profitable and healthier way of life, as well as an efficient way to grow, eat, and share food that is organic, nutritious, fresh, local, and low-carbon.

To find out more about the Student Eats project, click here.

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