Food Advocacy Research at Memorial (FARM) was convened in March 2013. It began with a meeting of faculty members interested in food studies in its various dimensions who wanted to create an opportunity to meet and exchange research and teaching ideas about food-ways, food security, food systems, etc.

The group expanded to include the Memorial Campus Food Systems project which promotes Applied Student Research (ASR). ASR encourages connections between faculty and students – within and between faculties – to work on papers, honours theses, MAs and PhDs to contribute to the question of how to make food systems more sustainable. ASR also has the potential to tackle questions about how to improve campus food services and regional food systems. The Food Studies Group will also actively circulate faculty research interests for students.