Edible Campus is a student society aimed at teaching students how to grow food and at showcasing the best sustainability practices in food production and consumption. We strive to show the importance of a healthy food system which preserves the environment and provides nutritious food while also nurturing a sense of community.
If you want to learn how to grow veg, cook food, sell at a farmers’ market, join a workshop or film, or have fun in a social setting in an outdoor space, we’ve got it. The EcoHub is our home base on campus fitted out with a polytunnel, numerous raised beds, wildlife pond, chicken coop, pizza oven and our rustic old stone barn. The majority of our work takes place at the EcoHub - it involves gardening and tending to chickens.
We hope this project inspires the next generation of sustainability voices who will go on to generate their own positive environmental stories.
SUSTAINABILITY - We operate based on the fundamental principle of minimal environmental impact. We favour organic, small-scale approaches, as well as local and seasonal food consumption. Our produce is grown to organic standards and minimises use of fossil fuels. We produce our own compost and endeavour to reduce plastic in our production and retail process.
A SOCIAL PROJECT - Our social impact ranges from enhancing community involvement in the project to acting as a forum for students to voice their ideas, concerns and aspirations for sustainable food on campus. We also believe there is social value in creating community around food-concerned spaces where students can be around fellow students with common sustainability values. The Edible Campus community project can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being; it can operate as a ‘release’ from studies and University life.
ACTION DAYS - Whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener, get your hands dirty and volunteer at our Action Days taking place on Wed & Fri from 1-4pm at the EcoHub during term time. Typical jobs include sowing seeds, building beds, planting fruit trees and bushes, etc. All tools and equipment are provided including wellies and waterproofs. Volunteers can harvest free veg after Action Days in exchange for their hard work! And be sure to pick-your-own in our Pendle Square soft fruit zone.
CHICKENS - Want to look after our lovely ladies?! We’ve got a flock of rescue hens who’ve made a new home in the EcoHub chicken coop. We need help to keep the coop clean, and top up their feeders and drinking water. One of the great perks is that volunteers can take home any eggs the chickens have laid.
MARKETS - Freshly harvested Edible Campus produce is sold every Thursday at the farmers’ market in Alex Sq. In addition to the produce we grow, we also sell a wide range of organic grocery goods such as dried fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, plant milk, muesli and more! We are the one stop shop for student sourced, produced and grown veg, fruit, jams, and grocery goods on campus.
EVENTS - We host a series of social and educational activities through the year ranging from food-related films such as ‘Botany of Desire’, ‘Food Inc.’ and ‘Grow!’, to pizza nights and food workshops. Last year’s highlights included a Ready Steady Cook competition, pub quiz and a jam-making workshop. We often have a ‘Jacob’s Join’ where you can show off your cooking skills and bring along a dish that you have prepared to one of our social occasions. We also organise day-away trips where we visit nearby organic food producers, nurseries, gardens and gardening shows.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - Our society is run by keen students and staff who endeavour to provide our members with the best Edible Campus experience. We hold weekly meetings to keep the project moving forward. You can find the names and pictures of current exec members on the noticeboard at the EcoHub. We are all friendly and approachable, don’t hesitate to come talk to us!
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By joining this group basic information such as name, email and date of birth will be made available to the organisers of the group. Next of Kin details may also be provided if part of the registration. Anonymised demographic information of the group’s membership will be used to improve activity but will not identify any individual.