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Our Community Gardens

UC’s community campus gardens form almost 30 in Christchurch. Established in 2002, Okeover Garden was named after the stream that meanders through our Ilam campus. It uses permaculture and organic growing methods. In 2018, Ngāi Tahu gifted the name Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu. On our Dovedale campus the garden was established in 2011 and is community-led. It offers private and shared allotments. Using UC land for gardening has many benefits. It allows staff and students to use their knowledge to influence campus design and policy, work together to grow fresh, organic produce, and promotes physical activity. Importantly, the gardens teach our students sustainable food gardening, and provides them with healthy and free produce. 

Food Foraging Virtual Map

Our Sustainability Office and Geospatial Research Institute partnered to create a virtual story map of UC’s food foraging locations, highlighting the campus’s edible flora and community gardens. Everyone at UC can help themselves to various fruits available on campus, including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas, and much more.

New School Focuses on Food Sustainability

In November 2020 we announced the launch of a new postgraduate school focusing on food sustainability – Food Transitions 2050. Dedicated to supporting regional, national and international food systems, it is the result of a multilateral partnership between UC, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and AgResearch. Its core purpose is to support the transition to more future-focused, sustainable food systems and preparation, and it will focus on solution-based outputs intended to complement the range of existing food innovation initiatives in Aotearoa. Foundational students are already applying to the School, attracted by the transdisciplinary and Matauranga Māori research (co-designed with mana whenua) spanning food and future landscapes, food for a carbon-zero future, food consumer transitions and food governance.

Study on Australasian food banks

A study of Australasian food banks on how they are coping with growing demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is being led by UC researchers. The aim is to find out more about the economic and social impacts of the virus to determine the best policies for addressing growing food security issues in times of crisis. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for supplies from food banks has increased exponentially,” says lead researcher Dr Rosemarie Martin, who specialises in food, policy and well-being for UC’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. “We hope the results of this research will be used by Government agencies to contribute to more equitable and effective food policy as a matter of urgency. There is a real need to do something to address inequalities around food security in New Zealand,” Dr Martin says.