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Food Foraging at UC – Eco Week event 2014

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For the first time, Jane and Matt from the Sustainability Office, ran an Edible Campus Tour around the UC Campus. The tour saw roughly 40 people visiting food plants around the campus. It was a great opportunity to share interesting facts about the ancient origins of these plants and modern uses of them, whilst raising awareness that they are for free harvesting!

Highlights were visiting an old Ginkgo Biloba tree and a nut producing pine tree. Also worth noting are the trial plantings of the Grounds Department which include lemons, limes, pears and Chilean guava. The word is that they are well browsed … enough to be sure that if similar plantings were established the food would not be wasted. The tour made its way to the Okeover community garden where the pizza oven was ready to go and everyone enjoyed crisp pizza, lemon water and fresh pine nuts.

The lovely Matt Morris from the Sustainability Office

The lovely Matt Morris from the Sustainability Office

Some of the tour participants

Some of the tour participants

Preparing pizza together

Nothing like preparing pizza together

Timm Treskatis, the president of DigSoc, attending as well.

Timm Treskatis, the president of DigSoc, attending as well.

Fresh ingredients ...

Fresh ingredients … ready to go into the community garden pizza oven.

 

 

Those who forage together, eat together :-)

Those who forage together, eat together 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely map was produced for this event which is available here or the Okeover Community Garden.

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Author: Puck Algera - UC Sustainability Office

Puck worked at the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As the Sustainability Projects Coordinator, she kept busy with student and staff engagement, providing strategic input and advice and organising sustainability-focused events.

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