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UC Davis: Keepin it REAL FOOD Week!

on May 20, 2009

Join Students for Sustainable Agriculture in celebrating...

Keepin it REAL FOOD Week!
May 26th-29th, 2009

Working together towards educating the campus community in a more
socially just and ecologically balanced approach to our food system.

Dine with Dignity Campaign -Movie Screening
Tuesday, May 26th - 5:45-7:00pm
Immokalee: From Slavery to Freedom
Live conversation with a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
UC Davis Coffee House - Southwest Dining Room
Free popcorn from the Student Farm…

Take the REAL

UC Berkeley Students take down Panda Express and replace it with Student Food Cooperative

on May 12, 2009

Two years ago, Panda Express approached the UC Berkeley Store Operations Board (SOB) for the first time. They were interested in being the first fast-food chain in Lower Sproul, which was the site of much of the free speech movement activism in the ‘60s and is a historically significant part of UC Berkeley. Through some shady back-door negotiations, Panda Express and the SOB began working out a contract. In fall 2008, students became aware of this unhealthy and unsustainable corporate chain’s attempt to brand our campus and launched an anti-Panda campaign.

Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit

on March 31, 2009

By David Hamilton

The first Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS), which happened from February 13-15, brought together over eighty students, youth activists and young farmers from six different states for a weekend of workshops, community building, real food and action!  The summit was a collaborative effort on the part of many groups, including The Real Food Challenge, FLO Food (Fair, Local, Organic), a student group at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Crop Mob, an organization of young farmers in Central NC.

It's time to "Dine with Dignity"

on March 26, 2009

Seven cases of modern-day slavery. Eight years of the campaign. 30 years of stagnant wages.

What is the food service industry waiting for?

The next phase in the Campaign for Fair Food launches today!
Students demand Aramark, Sodexo and Compass to do their part to end the human rights crisis in Florida's fields... it's time to 'Dine with Dignity!'

Ready to bring the campaign to your campus?  Click here to join SFA's new 'Dining with Dignity' food service campaign!

From our college and university dining halls to the sweltering fields of Florida, multinational food service provider corporations

One click = $10,000 for Real Food

on March 26, 2009

The Real Food Challenge has the opportunity to win $10,000!

Please take just 2 minutes to help raise funds to train a new generation of youth food leaders--this could be you! We've already made it to the finals and are only behind first place by 45 votes, so every vote counts. Now's our chance to win big.

Here's how:

  1. go to and hit "log in" in the top right corner (it's hard to see, but it's up there)
  2. create a username and password (no personal info necessary)
  3. confirm your registration with the email they send you (don't worry, they won't spam you--I promise)
  4. Go back to

Real Food takes the Midwest

on March 23, 2009

By Katie Blanchard

On March 7-8, 125 students gathered at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa for the Midwest Real Food Challenge Summit. They built coalitions and strengthened their voice as students working for bold changes to our food system, most specifically in their college and university dining services. When asked whether their campuses were at most 10 miles from an industrial agribusiness cornfield, if not within one, almost every student raised a hand. From a wide array of specific interests and backgrounds, the students came together around a common goal: real food.

Real food

Towards a greener White House

on January 14, 2009

By Joanna Winkler

January 20, 2009, the date that has been plastered across t-shirts, car bumpers, and American minds for over a year, is just around the corner. Because of the imminent (and eminent) inauguration of Barak Obama, this post will focus on what environmental and food-minded people expect from the next administration.

First off, there is the prospect of a Victory Garden at the White House. The food from the garden would be served in the First Kitchen and distributed to local food pantries.

Ohio State University students, faculty, and staff are moving forward with implementing a sustainable student farm on campus

on December 4, 2008

Student run farms are not a new concept for universities and colleges in the United States. In recent years, however, there has been an increasing interest among faculty, staff, and students in sustainable agriculture and the re-localization of the food system. As a result, student farm and garden projects have been cropping up across the country with such force that the Rodale Institute considers it a student farm movement. Ohio State, the largest land grand university in the country, can now be added to the growing list of institutions involved in this movement.

In Fall 2008, a new OSU

Join the RFC Team!

on November 25, 2008

So you're busy changing food policy and growing organic veggies in your garden (you know, the usual), and you think to yourself...this is awesome, and I want to do more. I want to help strategize for the future of this campaign, organize students nationally, and create tools for students to use on their campus.

Great. Join the RFC team.

We are looking for inspired, motivated, and imaginative individuals to help us shape the future of this campaign. Whether you are interested in the big-picture, movement-building potential, or getting down and dirty with the details, we want you.

Below are

What happened and what's next

on November 19, 2008

A couple weeks ago America decided that yes, we can.
Now, students across the country have decided that yes, we can...change the food system.

This past month, thousands of students united for real food. They held eat-ins, farmers' markets, and round-table discussions; they filled administrators' offices with 'real food' and held rallies outside the offices of fast food giants.  Students broke ground on new gardens and real food cafes, all to generate support in their communities and educate their peers on the importance of real food.

There were over 200 events held across the country, and