BBA Supply Chain Management
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that hit our country and around the world, there has been a challenge for people to obtain food because of financial challenges and food shortages. We looked into our own city and we reached out to two non-profit organizations to see their own challenges amidst the pandemic. Cobbs Exotic Animal Rescue & Education Foundation (CEAR) provides exotic animals, such as Kangaroos and Alpacas, a safe home and they rely heavily on monetary and food donations. The Leftovers (Rescue Food) Foundation, which delivers food to families across Calgary, also faced hardships on barely getting food donations throughout the pandemic. This gave us the idea to start our own community garden, Seedology, at the Cobbs Adventure Park. With this project, we have given the opportunity for our own members to still be able to volunteer as a lot of them feel very disconnected with people and that their mental health has worsened since the pandemic started.
The Covid-19 pandemic gave birth to Seedology to help eliminate food shortages for the rescued exotic animals in Cobbs Adventure Club and to the communities by donating to Leftovers (Rescue Foods) Foundation. This project started in May 2020 with 3 plots of 10ft x 10ft and we were able to donate over 120lbs of carrots, mixed greens, and squashes throughout the summer.
Mission & Vision:
Seedology aims to help those who are in financial need and address the growing concern of food shortages in the community by empowering our volunteers and those who we have helped.
The limitation of the community garden is that it can only run in the summer, but we want to expand this project to run year-round in term of sharing the knowledge of this project to students outside of Enactus SAIT via Case Clash and Social Innovation Forum. Seedology is actively looking for different ways to operate and continue this project year around or by transferring the knowledge outside Enactus SAIT.
In 2021 Seedology is aiming for minimum 5 plots of each 10ft X 10ft to produce fresh vegetables with frequent harvesting. Seedology is planning on partnering up with SAIT Culinary students, where culinary students will create some recipes for us by using the fresh produce and distribute this as a bundle to visitors at Cobbs. This year project Seedology has been recognized and given an opportunity to represent in Social Innovation Forum called “How to Change the World” on February 15th-19th, 2021.
In addition, we are going to purchase a portable watering irrigation system to automate the watering time and utilize the machine to its maximum capacity. Accomplishing these components, we will be able expand our target audience and gain more opportunities.
● Seedology goal is to give back to the community while actively fostering social interaction, environmental education and supporting a cause. This cultivated into a new idea for the future, of doing it all year around.
● During a five months tenure, we witnessed leadership, team building, connecting with nature and most importantly, the satisfaction of giving back to the community.
● Our primary and a long-term goal is to create a sustainable project that aims to provide fresh produce and connect everyone together through volunteering and sharing knowledge of this project.
If you are interested in joining our team and/or want to learn more about our project, please contact our Project Manager, Shivang Chauhan!