Cal Poly Campus Health & Wellbeing to Host New Farmers’ Market on Campus Beginning May 7

Cal Poly’s Campus Health & Wellbeing department will host the first Cal Poly Farmers’ Market, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, on Mustang Way on campus. The market will occur bi-weekly (first and third Tuesdays of the month) from May through November of this year and will feature San Luis Obispo County farmers and Cal Poly vendors.

Campus Health & Wellbeing aims to ensure that all students, staff, and faculty have access to local, seasonal, and nutritious foods through this locally hosted market.

“We hope this market can provide an avenue for students to access nutritious foods on a biweekly basis and enhance their quality of life,” said Christine Nelson, health educator for Campus Health & Wellbeing. “This is also a great opportunity for local farmers to sell their products and build relationships with the campus community.”

Genie Kim, Cal Poly’s director of wellbeing education, said, “The Cal Poly Farmer’s market is an incredible example of infusing our campus environment with health and well-being. Health is not merely the absence of disease; it is the cultivation and design of accessible services, supports and resources to ensure our campus community is able to thrive and be well.”

In 2018, the CSU Chancellor’s Office awarded Cal Poly $130,000 to support Basic Needs. The funding includes $30,000 for The Sustainable Food Hub Project, which provides accessible services, support and resources such as the Cal Poly Farmer’s Market, the Community Garden and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. 

The project was developed in collaboration with Cal Poly Sustainability, LocalsOwn, the University Honors Program, Dean of Students, and Student Affairs Technology to embed technological solutions with physical services, resources and support that help the campus community access healthy nutritious food. 

“We are excited to launch the various components of the Sustainable Food Hub over the next few months, starting with the Cal Poly Farmers Market,” said Kim, adding that the Sustainable Food Hub is slated to launch in Fall 2019.

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Contact: Christine Irish Nelson

May 3, 2019

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