Durham College (DC) has received a donation of $1 million from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation for the development of farming operations at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) at the Whitby campus.
“The Foundation is pleased to support Durham College and its students once again as they continue to pave the way for a new-generation approach to local food and sustainability,” said foundation director Eliza Mitchell in a news release.
“This grant will allow for more food production, new opportunities to teach non-traditional farming and, most importantly, more chances for students to gain critical skills that will put them in demand upon graduation.”
The first project DC has scheduled is the construction of a post harvest storage facility which it plans on working on in the spring.
Afterwards DC will put money into improving and expanding the greenhouse and the introduction of contained framing.
The college hopes to fulfill the increased demands of both the Horticulture-Food and Farming and Horticulture Technician programs which have experienced a doubling in enrolment over the last two years.
DC president Don Lovisa is pleased with the donation.
“On behalf of Durham College and CFF, we are tremendously grateful for the generosity and the ongoing support from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation through the thoughtful donation,” said Lovisa in a news release.
“These projects will continue to enhance all of the CFF’s post-secondary programming and provide significant experiential learning benefits to our current students while further positioning us as best in class with our unique field-to-fork model of education and service delivery.”