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Therapeutic Garden Summer Student Research Project

Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital

On-site food production will increase this year at the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, with the intent of testing and improving the therapeutic benefits of participation in food production, while increasing access to healthy, local, seasonal food for staff and patients. This project will build from an existing garden project, with the intent of adding SPIn production in the near future, relying on the techniques and design of Jean-Martin Fortier, as laid out in The Market Gardener; A Successful Growers’ Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming.

Project SOIL is looking for a motivated Master’s or senior-level student to participate in and fully document the development of this pilot project over the course of 400-520 hours, between May 1 and August 31.

The student will work 30 hours per week. Start / completion dates are flexible, as are days per week. Pay rate dependent upon experience. The student will be expected to participate in the production on-site, as well as planning for future on-site SPIn production. The student will produce a complete case study which will be part of a joint academic publication. This position will require a successful police check.

For more information or to apply, please contact Phil Mount (pmount@wlu.ca) or Irena Knezevic (Irena.Knezevic@carleton.ca).

For more details of the site and Hospital, contact:

Louise Quenneville

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator & Project Management
Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital
20260 County Road 43/ Chemin de comté 43
Alexandria, Ontario
K0C 1A0

Å:  (613) 525-2222 ext 4112

lquenneville@hgmh.on.ca

Feasibility Study of On-site, Institutional Food Production

Led by postdoctoral researchers Phil Mount and Irena Knezevic, this three-year project will look at the viability of on-site  food production at public institutions, through collaborative arrangements with local food producers.

New Directions Research ProgramProject SOIL is funded by the New Directions Research Program of the Ontario Ministries of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs.

The project builds on emerging production models that can flexibly adapt to  institutional resources (including SPIn or Small Plot Intensive farming), as well as land tenure models that could contribute to community food production, health and well-being –  such as Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital’s donation of land to a social-purpose business (GreenWerks) that grows food for the hospital, local markets, and food bank.

The feasibility of alternatives will be explored by:

  1. surveying public institutions to identify capacity to support food production;
  2. interviewing institutional key informants to understand opportunities/constraints; and
  3. performing in-depth site analyses to explore food production models and cooperative opportunities with existing local food networks.

Case studies and cost/revenue flows will help to guide three innovative and groundbreaking food production pilot projects. These pilots will test the therapeutic benefits at gardens on the properties of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital -which focuses on post acute stroke rehabilitation- and Homewood Health Centre, a leading addiction and mental health treatment facility. The multiple values of the food and synergistic benefits produced from the soil on these properties will be explored at these health facilities, and also at the Food School Farm, Centre Wellington District High School’s radical participatory agroecological education program that looks to produce “critical and confident food growers and consumers”.

Return often; this site will expand organically, reflecting the growth of the project.