Brescia hosts first on-campus farmers’ market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 26, 2009

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Jeremy O’Shea of O’Shea Farms

London, ON – Brescia University College students will have the opportunity to purchase local foods at the first Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Auditorium foyer in the St. James Building.

In an effort to promote the availability and accessibility of local foods, the Farmer’s Market will be hosted monthly throughout the academic year by the Student Human Ecology Association (SHEA) in collaboration with the O’Shea Family Farm.

The O’Shea family is dedicated to increasing the awareness of fresh, local food products on a year-round basis. By working with 18 local farmers, the O’Shea Family Farm acts as the organizing body and is also a producer of meats, baked goods and produce, which they hope to promote to the under-served student market.

“As a food and nutrition student, I am thrilled at the possibility to have fresh, local produce readily accessible at Brescia. I think that it is really important to support our local farmers, and as a student, I know that lack of accessibility to nearby Farmers’ Markets is a limiting factor,” said Gurita Bhatti, Policy Building Co-Coordinator for SHEA.

Students and other members of the Brescia community will be able to buy fresh and frozen locally-grown produce; baked goods, including ancient grains bread, cranberry raisin loaf and apple pie; and a selection of cheeses, preserves, honey, and maple syrup.

The Policy Building Team on SHEA has worked hard for the past year and a half to advocate for sustainable environmental practices at Brescia. Association members believe that implementing a Farmers’ Market will provide a service to the Brescia community and contribute to a positive, healthy environment. This initiative will bring students and staff one step closer to meeting their nutritional needs, and also allow them to show their support for locally grown produce.

SHEA and the O’Shea Family Farm plan to have the market operate from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month throughout the academic year. It is hoped the monthly presence of the Farmers’ Market will motivate students to eat fresh, local produce and products. In addition, Brescia’s SHEA members hope to promote sustainability and reduce our community’s carbon footprint.

Dr. June Matthews is the faculty advisor for SHEA. “I’m so proud of the initiatives brought forward by this student association. They want to make their world a better place and they work hard to make things happen.”

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For more information please contact: Gurita Bhatti Dr. June Matthews

SHEA Policy Building Co-Coordinator Professor of Foods and Nutrition E-mail: gbhatti@uwo.ca Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28004

E-mail: jmatth22@uwo.ca

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information,

please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca