Greener Institutions

Student Eats

Student Eats is a project led by the NUS, supporting institutions across the UK in cultivating their own student-led growing sites for fruit and vegetables.

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Student Eats turns areas of campuses into versatile growing areas, installing polytunnels, green houses and cold frames to extend the growing season, as well as providing a range of gardening equipment and horticultural expertise.

Championed by a team of dedicated students, staff and members of the local community, these sites are used to grow produce which is shared among the volunteers, as well as sold at low cost to other students and often even to on-campus catering services.

As more and more students become interested in growing their own produce, as well as being conscientious of the ethical and environmental impact of their food choices, Student Eats is a great opportunity to grow, eat and share food which is organic, nutritious, fresh, local, low-carbon and – most importantly of all – delicious!

Aside from promoting sustainable food patterns and localised economics, Student Eats is really eager to use these projects to strengthen community bonds and build cross-cultural connections.

Each project endeavours to partner up with one off-campus community group such as a local school or a wellbeing charity, offering demonstration sessions, volunteering opportunities and cookery events.

Further to this, the sites also take pride in growing ethnic and exotic crops which might not often be seen on UK allotments – responding to as broad of a demographic of students as possible.

For a lot of participating institutions, Student Eats is the first time that they have been able to host student-led food growing, despite the increasing demand for projects of this nature.

Funding has been fully allocated for the current academic year, but as Student Eats moves forwards, we hope to encourage more and more institutions to introduce growing sites on their campuses, allowing students to cultivate a hub of sustainable food and community cohesion at the heart of their institutions.

To see if your institution is participating and to find out more about how to get involved in Student Eats, click here or just drop us an email.