Local food focus

Fernwood Coffee Company

Fernwood Coffee Partnership

We proudly serve Fernwood Coffee at Port Cafe located in The Cove Dining FacilityFernwood Coffee Company is a roastery and cafe located in Victoria BC that hand crafts fine roasted coffees and serve the highest standards of espresso and filter coffee. 

Feed BC Partnership

As a proud Feed BC partner, UVic prioritizes and sources food and supplies that are grown, produced or originate locally in British Columbia. UVic believes that this ‘local first’ purchasing policy is a critical step towards meeting its sustainability goals. Read more about our goals below and our partnership with the BC Government Feed BC Program

Feed BC Partnership

The University of Victoria is a global leader in environmental, social and institutional sustainability. As one of the six pillars of its Strategic Framework, the university is committed to promoting a sustainable future. UVIC’s Sustainability Action Plan outlines its sustainability goals and includes strategies, actions and associated metrics for research, academic programs, and campus operations. 

UVic aims to increase local suppliers to more than 30% of its supply chain by developing new and existing partnerships with local companies, including Indigenous-led organizations. UVic is exploring its current local supply chain to identify and remove barriers and seek new opportunities to better promote locally sourced goods and products. In addition, UVic is developing a baseline understanding of how much of its food, products, and supplies are sourced locally so it can ensure it meets and ultimately exceeds its 30% goal.  

UVic is committed to decolonialization and acknowledges with respect that the University of Victoria stands on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. As such, UVic’s Senior Culinary Team is working with local Indigenous chefs to trace, source and utilize local ingredients and to introduce traditional cooking methods and recipes for the  campus community.

For more than 25 years, UVic has been home to the Campus Community Garden – a collaborative project between students, faculty and staff that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. The aim of the garden is to provide an accessible space where members can learn and teach while fostering sustainable food production practices within the campus and larger local communities. It promotes the growth of healthy local produce and works to support the ecology of our area by planting local species and supporting pollinators.

All of these initiatives are part of UVic’s Local Food Focus – driven by its commitments to community, sustainability and accountability, and a greener, more sustainable future for UVic students, the university and the world.

Our Suppliers

We prioritize and source food and products that are grown, produced or originate locally. We source locally from British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys. Currently 51% of our purchases are sourced locally. See a list of our current suppliers below and please note that these may vary & are subject to change.

Our Suppliers