Approve the Mac Egg Society's constitution
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In fall 2013, a student named Fred started a wonderful initiative: building a mobile free-range chicken coop that would be run and managed by volunteer students of the McGill Macdonald campus. This chicken coop was built following MAPAQ guidelines, in an ecological mindset, using gravity to dispense water, and solar panels for ventilation. The main innovation: its mobility which enables the team to move the coop so the chickens can go outside in the summer and safely overwinter in the colder months.
Last year, over 30 motivated student volunteers got involved in this project. We organized pairs of volunteers, who came every week at the time they had chosen, to care for chickens following MAPAQ guidelines, manage the building and the supplies and prepare the eggs dozens for the sales. For the past 4 years, this chicken coop has been host to 30 chickens of different breeds, who happily produce 10 to 12 dozens of eggs each week. Our teams' mission is for our animals to have the best life quality possible, while producing affordable eggs for the Macdonald community to enjoy. We had over 30 regular buyers, including professors from the Macdonald campus, who bought their eggs from the MCSS counter.
Since last fall, the demand for volunteering and for our free range eggs has been increasing so dramatically, we decided it was time for the chicken coop to be its own, independent club.
This year, we are a team of 4 women: Ociane Canadas, President of the club, Laura Kennedy, the Financial Coordinator, Meghan Guysinger, the Events and Communication Coordinator and Ingrid Laplante, the Materials Coordinator. All 4 of us have been working together on this project for a year and this fall we are organizing the MAC Egg Society. We modified the Farm To School Club's constitution, so that this now-obsolete club, last in charge of the coop, would be transformed into the Mac Egg Society. This constitution was submitted to the MCSS as of Friday September 15th 2017. However, Tuesday September 19th we were told by an MCSS representative that our club constitution had not been approved and was now on hold for liability reasons.
For four years the mobile chicken coop has been a platform for student involvement and hands on learning about sustainable agriculture, a unique way to provide food for the Mac community, and an important partner for MSEG. We are setting up a Facebook group as communication interface for the club members, and a Facebook page for the buyers. We also plan to renovate our chicken coop until February, by hosting regular club events and with Laura’s help. As a student in bioresource engineering she has chosen to take a 3-credit project course to improve the coop's ventilation and heating systems. However, the club needs support, visibility, and funding from MCSS to continue its operations.
As students of the Macdonald campus, who study in Agriculture, Environment, Nutrition, Dietetics, Bioresource and related fields, and as members of the MCSS, whose mission is "To unite and represent all students of Macdonald Campus and promote their welfare and interests" and who aims to "represents the interests of all diploma (FMT) and undergraduate students of the Macdonald Campus of McGill University" we believe that the MCSS should help and support our amazing initiative, and approve the MAC Egg Society’s constitution.
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