Each year Arrell Scholars and their HQP peers are paired with an organization or business to build new skills through experiential learning. Together, these teams tackle an agri-food problem and develop a solution that draws on the expertise of the participating students.
Youth Food Literacy
La Tablée des Chef, an organization that develops culinary education for youth, is looking to increase the participation in its Kitchen Brigades program – a program offered through high schools that teaches young people basic cooking techniques and healthy eating habits. Students analyzed data and worked with La Tablée des Chefs to help find ways, like social media, to increase participation in the program.
De La Mer Fresh Fish Market is a Toronto-based premium fish retail chain. Students on this project looked how to increase the sustainability of De La Mer’s packaging materials.
Vertical farms are important for our food future, especially if they use renewable energy. Students paired up with GoodLeaf Farms to study its environmental impact and look closer at how energy use impacts the sustainability of vertical farming.
The Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation (LRIC) wants to create an effective knowledge transfer system among livestock producers in Ontario and act as a liaison between research and its end users. Students worked LRIC to provide recommendations that will engineer a new, more effective knowledge transfer system to increase the uptake of research innovations on Ontario livestock farms.
For local farmers to realize the benefits of regenerative agriculture, it would be optimal if they could see the results firsthand. Students worked with Our Food Future to create The Experimental Acres, a program that provides support to local farmers who are interested in trying regenerative agriculture practices within their operations, with the goal of improving the sustainability of agriculture locally.