Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 21, 2018
With a background in genocide prevention policy and finance through his studies in ethical institutional investment, Marc Schutzbank is now working through his organization, Fresh Roots, in partnership with Delta School District on a project called Farm Roots. Farm Roots educates grades 10 to 12 students in Delta to grow delicious foods in Tsawwassen on an 8-acre farm near Boundary Bay.  Students can earn credits toward a degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
  
  
  
  
Marc Schutzbank, of Fresh Roots, talks about the 
Food Disconnect in our communities
Tom Siba (left) and Walt Hayward (right) thank
Marc Schutzbank for his presentation
  
Marc Schutzbank, who spoke to the Rotary Club of Ladner on August 21, 2018, came to Vancouver from the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program from UBC.
 
In his studies he investigated the economic viability of urban farming, exploring how urban farmers are developing their businesses in Vancouver. One of those farms was Fresh Roots.
 
Schutzbank has worked with Fresh Roots to develop a green thumb business model that does social good. In his role as Director of Fresh Roots, his love of growing, cooking, eating and sharing is the creative flair which has led him to the role of poet-in-chief: “Give me a carrot, a beet, and a lime; I’ll make something so good – it should be a crime!”
 
Some of the concerns shared by Mark and his Farm Roots colleagues are:
 ♦ 1/4 of the students in just one Vancouver area school were food insecure in a recent month;
  2,000 students are estimated to go hungry every day at Vancouver schools;
  63% of Middle School students do not know tortilla chips are made from corn;
   65% of healthy weight females are trying to lose weight;
   over 30% of Canadian youth are overweight or obese and over 60% of Canadian adults;
  the average age of a farmer is in the 50s;
   for every farmer under 35 there are six over 65.
 
Farm Roots is a an innovative, one of a kind school that directly links students to the multifaceted agricultural industry. While earning dual credits towards high school graduation and graduation from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Delta high school students will design, plan and build a learning farm at a small, 8-acre school. They will attend Farm Roots every second day and their regular school on the other days. Fresh Roots partners with Farm Roots by helping manage the farm during the summer and engaging the community to grow Good Food For All.