Humber College’s ongoing partnership with The Green Artisan Retailers & Designers Environmental Networking Space (GARDENS) Advisory Council, in collaboration with LAMP Community Health Centre, has led to multiple placement opportunities for students. This summer 2020 semester, six students from the International Development degree and postgraduate programs are participating in work-integrated learning opportunities through the GARDENS Pod Project.
The Pod Project is an urban farming initiative that directly contributes to the food supply chain in the South Etobicoke community. Humber’s Lakeshore Campus as well as other area partners are site providers, providing space to grow produce that will be donated back to the Lakeshore community - specifically, those experiencing food insecurity. Community-building initiatives such as the Pod Project have a positive impact on the community, bringing area residents, agencies, and businesses together.
The successful students have been hired as Operations Site Coordinators and will be responsible for connecting with the primary stakeholders in planning and coordinating operations of the GARDENS Pod Project. Site Coordinators work on developing the Pod Project, looking after specific garden sites, communicating with community stakeholders, working with volunteers, and planning all elements to ensure the GARDENS Pod Project runs efficiently. This is a very worthwhile WIL experience that will allow students to meet many of their program learning outcomes.