Posted on October 28, 2008 by Tia Lalani

A $150,000 gift from an area resident will bolster an ambitious set of food-related initiatives at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus.

A $150,000 gift from an area resident will bolster an ambitious set of food-related initiatives at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus.

The gift from Berta Briggs, a U of A alumna and co-owner of a successful greenhouse in Millet, is one of the largest from an individual in Augustana’s history. It will serve two purposes related to the Campus theme for 2008-09 – Food: From Field to Fork. The first is to support an institutional pilot project undertaken in partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, by providing research and educational support around cafeteria food sources and food choices.

The second purpose is to establish the Sustainable Food Endowment. It will generate ongoing funding for such activities as community-based research, student service-learning projects, public lectures and workshops related to food issues.

“We’re very grateful to have found a donor whose deeply-held values match our aspirations so closely,” said Dean Roger Epp.
“This gift will have a huge practical impact on our Campus, on the community and, we hope, for producers and consumers across the province. In gardening terms, the Endowment ensures that what grows educationally and operationally out of the seeds we plant with this year’s theme will turn out to be a perennial, not just an annual.”

The Endowment will be linked to the work of the University’s new Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, based at Augustana.

The annual theme is a way to engage the community and the Campus in discussions on significant topics of public interest. Previous themes have included “Pandemics, Plagues, and Viruses” and “Boom & Bust: Prosperity, Crisis, Change”.


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