New Brunswick

UNB students get farmers market on campus

The University of New Brunswick is a little greener today after the launch of the fresh produce farmers market in the student union building.

Market offers students access to locally grown foods on campus in Fredericton

Wednesday is the first day for UNB's new student farmer's market. The university and its student union are trying to promote eating healthy and local. 1:03

The University of New Brunswick is a little greener after the launch of the fresh produce farmers market in the Student Union Building.

The market offers students more access to locally grown foods while they're on campus.

Elladee Windsor, a fourth-year UNB student, said the market is convenient and she is happy to know where the food comes from. (CBC)
"It's really convenient. It's also cool that I know where it's coming from that's really important to me," said UNB student Elladee Windsor.

"I go to the grocery store all the time, nothing is really in season. You can get what you want, but you don't know where it's coming from, you don't know who was producing it or how they were treated while producing it."

The farmers market will run every Wednesday all year. Kayla Chubbs, the campus student food co-ordinator, said it promotes food security.

The University of New Brunswick student union in partnership with Campus Food Strategy Group and the Ville Cooperative have opened a farmers market in the student union building. (CBC)
"What our mission is and what we're trying to do is increase food accessibility and affordability for students and increase food security on our campus and also promote local foods," said Chubbs.

Shes also hoping students can become more engaged in locally grown food and throughout the year the students union will try to get the student bar to buy local. Chubbs said a food bag program is also available.

Kristin MacKenzie said she hopes the market can make healthy food a quick and easy option for students. (CBC)
"Students often live in a situation where they're often not thinking about what they're consuming and what's quick and easy," said Kristin MacKenzie, the agriculture coordinator at the The Ville Cooperative, which is a partner in the market with the student union and the Campus Food Strategy Group in Fredericton.

"And we want to make healthy food quick and easy."

They're also hopeful healthy foods will improve the studies of students. A campus food garden is also being worked on by the students union. The Ville is developing programs for community members to learn more about urban gardening.