Growing and using local food at VIU’s Nanaimo campus is becoming a priority for students and service departments. Horticulture student Sally Girdler recently delivered a batch of fresh garlic harvested from the G.R. Paine Centre gardens for use by VIU’s Culinary Arts department and Food Services. Students also grow greens, basil, and other vegetables in community gardens on campus. A Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday outside the main cafeteria from 11:30 am to 1 pm.