Crowdfunding project to grow seeds at Durham College

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DurhamRegion.com | Sep 2, 2014

Durham College Field to Fork

Initiative to support landscaping, planting at Centre for Food

DURHAM -- Durham College has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign in an effort to complete landscaping and planting needed at the Centre for Food.

The campaign, ‘Field to Fork: Sowing the Seeds of our Community’, is inspired by the college’s commitment to bring locally sourced, quality produce from field to table in Durham Region.

The centre, a learning facility that opened to students in September 2013, houses both Bistro ’67, a teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store that brings student-created goods straight from the culinary classroom to the community. The centre was created in direct response to the demand of the local culinary, hospitality, tourism, agriculture and horticulture sectors.

“From a philanthropic perspective it is our hope that ‘Field to Fork: Sowing the Seeds of our Community’ will support the link between the college and our community by offering donors an opportunity to provide financial assistance to any project where they have a special interest,” said David Chambers, associate vice-president of the office of development at Durham College.

Officially launched on Aug. 20, the campaign is being rolled out to alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, community members and the public.

Crowdfunding works by identifying a specific initiative or project online and making its intended purpose and details available and accessible to prospective donors. Interested individuals have the option to choose any project they would like to support.

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Donors can support many aspects of the centre’s landscaping, including the planting of trees, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and arboretum; garden tools; a walking path; new soil and more. All will be used by the centre’s students, engaging them in the growing, harvesting, storing, processing, packaging and selling of local food.

“There are 15 landscaping projects to choose from including a culinary herb garden, kitchen garden, arboretum, pollinator garden and more,” said Mr. Chambers.

He believes by helping to support the completion of the landscaping at the Centre for Food, donors will help strengthen the ‘field to fork’ concept in Durham Region.

For more information or to donate, visit fieldtofork.durhamcollege.ca.

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