The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has donated $1 million to fund the expansion of farming operations at the Centre for Food (CFF) at Durham College, named after W. Galen Weston.
Enrollment in CFF’s Food and Farming program has doubled over the last two years. The donation will support the construction of a post-harvest and storage facility, greenhouse expansion and the implementation of container farming. This will increase and better process the CFF’s food production, allow for experimentation of newer agriculture practices and provide students with new experiential learning opportunities.
“The Foundation is pleased to support Durham College and its students once again as they continue to pave the way for a new-generation approach to local food and sustainability,” said Eliza Mitchell, Foundation director. “This grant will allow for more food production, new opportunities to teach non-traditional farming and, most importantly, more chances for students to gain critical skills that will put them in demand upon graduation.”
The first half of the Foundation’s donation will go toward building the post-harvest conditioning and storage facility in the spring of 2019. Once completed, the grant will further support greenhouse expansion to increase space and allow for more students, plants and projects, and introduce innovative container farming to allow for small-scale agriculture and year-round growing. The additions will also increase the supply of fresh food coming directly to the CFF’s culinary programs and its business operations, Bistro ’67, Pantry and special events.