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Cultivating our sustainability

March 11, 2013 | by Liz Dengate

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"Last Friday, I walked through a greenhouse. It was full of students laughing and talking as they buried seeds into rich soil and watered tiny green seedlings. I heard students introducing themselves to fellow classmates they would have otherwise never met as they learned what tiny pepper plants look like and how many different kinds of lettuce there are.

Until very recently, this scene would have only been found at Yale University, at Michigan State University, at Duke University, but not at the University of Michigan. Here at Michigan, there was no large university-wide option for students to come together over growing food, to bond over pepper plants, or to learn what produce looks like before it’s bound up under the lights at the supermarket or on the buffet line in their dining hall. If students learned about food at all — food, the stuff we enjoy and talk over and depend on for our survival every day, the topic that creates a common thread between all peoples, communities and our environment — it was in a theoretical sense, such as a classroom or outside of school entirely in a student group."

Celebrating the Harvest

October 24, 2012

Celebrating the Harvest

Thanks everyone who helped out and attended, the Harvest Fest drew a lot of attention and is sure to make another appearance next year! Have a great Oct 24 (Food Day!)

Harvest Fest celebrates locally-sourced food

October 5, 2012 | by Kasey CoxImage by Ruby Wallau of the Michigan Daily

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"With a spread of fall-themed delicacies — including gourmet goat-cheese and kale salads, apple butternut squash soup and roasted oil-drizzled baguette slices — attendees of Thursday night’s Harvest Fest got a taste of the value of sustainable food sources. The event, held at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, was designed to encourage attendees to appreciate harvesting, eating and supporting locally-grown food. The University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program, a student organization started and managed by master’s students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, hosted the well-attended festival..." (photo courtesy Ruby Wallau)

Student-led program to host sustainable food event at Matthaei

October 2, 2012 | by Brienne Prusak

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"As autumn rolls in, the U-M Sustainable Food Program will be promoting sustainability by dishing out locally grown foods at [the] Harvest Festival. The festival is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday [October 4] at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It will feature dishes of locally grown food, local musicians and various games and activities to promote awareness..."

UMSFP's First Harvest Festival October 4th

October 2, 2012 | by Kim BayerKale to the Victors - Woodcut by Liz Dengate

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"Five years ago I was considering a career change and made an appointment with an admissions counselor at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. When I asked him to tell me about the classes and research opportunities they could offer in the area of food policy, he gave me a quizzical look and said he had never heard of it. He assured me they had nothing whatsoever to offer in the area of food policy and food systems. When I asked for guidance in finding something like that at the University, he told me that it didn't exist but I could check the faculty directory. This Thursday, October 4th, as the University of Michigan's Sustainable Food Program embarks on its first Harvest Festival held at the UM Student Farm..." (photo courtesy Liz Dengate)

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