This term I signed up for a ‘Global Environment and Human Health’ module. As well as doing lots of reading and learning about the various effects that climate change/human actions are having on the planet we decided to run a farmers’ market on the university precinct.
The idea behind the market was to provide students with the choice to buy fresh, locally produced food. By buying from the market customers could help to support local farmers – who all came from within a 30 mile radius of Bristol and to reduce the number of ‘food miles’ of the various products on sale.
Despite really grim weather up until yesterday and my last minute panic over where I could find some waterproof clothes the weather today held out, we had a good bit of sun and it was only the wind that caused us any problems. I have to admit I wasn’t impressed by the idea of getting up at 6am to go down to the precinct and help the traders to unpack and set up their stalls, but the day turned out to be really fun. I learnt a lot more about how critical the opportunity to hold events like this is to farmers – just chatting to some of the stall holders there had me convinced that I’d missed my calling in life and that I should in fact be setting up my own cake business.
I suppose the summary of all this is that it was nice to be involved in something which actively sought to change the way that people – and indeed the student population – think about their food.