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University of California Davis Celebrates Local Food Week and Real Food!

on November 14, 2008

The Students for Sustainable Agriculture at UC Davis hosted a week of activities dedicated to Real Food. The week was scheduled to overlap  with the dining halls' Farm to College night where local, real food was served to students with educational posters and presenters. Dressed up as life-size produce, Students for Sustainable Agriculture talked to freshman about the Real Food Challenge, encouraged them to write comment cards in appreciation of real food, and took corn, kiwi, and bean photos!

Community potlucks and bike smoothies at Carleton College

on November 11, 2008

Carleton College students dig food. Really. On October 4, many were found in the backyard garden during Harvest Fest at the Farm House, digging up the greatest of treasures—heirloom French Fingerling, Yukon Gold, and Purple Peruvian potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange just across the border in Decorah, Iowa. “This is so exciting!” exclaimed many new freshmen farmies, excited to get dirt beneath their fingernails. Others in attendance at this annual celebration carved pumpkins and ate salsa made from the garden’s many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos.

Only about a month into fall

Community potlucks and bike smoothies at Carleton College

on November 11, 2008

Carleton College students dig food. Really. On October 4, many were found in the backyard garden during Harvest Fest at the Farm House, digging up the greatest of treasures—heirloom French Fingerling, Yukon Gold, and Purple Peruvian potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange just across the border in Decorah, Iowa. “This is so exciting!” exclaimed many new freshmen farmies, excited to get dirt beneath their fingernails. Others in attendance at this annual celebration carved pumpkins and ate salsa made from the garden’s many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos.

Only about a month into fall

Students at Berea College Eat-in for Real Food

on November 5, 2008

tablingBerea, KY - On Tuesday, September 23, students at Berea College gathered on the patio outside the Alumni Building to raise awareness about the benefits and needs for Local and Fair Trade products in Food Service and the Crossroads Café.  Serving salsa prepared from fresh ingredients from the Berea Farmers' Market, the students advertised the location of the market and encouraged people to sign a petition to promote more local and fair trade products.

University of Montana students celebrate Dining Services with real food feast

on October 16, 2008

Missoula, MT— On Sunday, October 12, University of Montana students and staff came together in celebration of food, farming, and the people behind them. gathering around tent and musiciansSet at the urban, organic P.E.A.S. Farm (Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society), Students for Real Food hosted a public feast to pay respect and give thanks to the University Dining Service (UDS) employees for their hard work and dedication towards a local food University. Since its inception in 2003, the UDS Farm to College program has re-circulated over $2 million back into local and regional economies.

That morning, several cooking

Radishes and Rubbish!

on October 14, 2008

Radishes and Rubbish is the magnificent (if rather lopsided) combination of the complementary interests of Ms. Carla Fernandez and Ms. Annie Myers.  The two seniors at NYU’s Gallatin School seek to expose their fellow students to the processes of production and disposal inherent in the their daily routines.  The project, a series of field trips throughout the fall semester, is the melding of the girls’ two proposals, which together received a Green Grant from NYU’s Sustainability Task Force.

Keynote Speech: Northeast Real Food Summit 2007

on October 9, 2008

Anim Steel, Director of National Programs, spoke at the Real Food Summit at Yale University.  This meeting was the first one in the Northeast and it was sponsored by The Food Project, Yale Sustainable Food Project and Brown’s Sustainable Food Initiative.

This speech was a keynote address at the November conference.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

“Three Doors”

My main job is to talk about The Real Food Challenge, the national campaign that this conference is associated with…and I’m going to do that.  

But I want to start by putting it in context…to share with you what I think the deep meaning of

The "Green Collar Economy" – watch the clip and buy the new book!

on October 8, 2008

This clip features the Chicago Greencorps work in community gardens:http://www.greenforall.org/resources/the-green-collar-economy/

Van Jones' new book is a must-read for anyone involved in the Real Food Challenge, in food justice work, or in sustainable agriculture more generally.  What we do is one of the purest examples of the idea that "the best solutions for the survivability of our planet are also the best solutions for everyday Americans." That's how Al Gore summarized "The Green Collar Economy."

As this idea gains more prominence in the wake of the election and the financial crisis, we

Join the RFC Team!

on October 6, 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

Miami Dade College Students Bring Gardens and Worms to Public Schools

on September 29, 2008

September 27, 2008
Miami, FL-- On a sweltering hot Saturday, twenty people gathered behind a junior high school. Three students shoveled soil and compost into a new garden bed, while others removed basil, pepper and tomato plants from their pots to place in the fresh soil. Others held boards of wood while a teacher from Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) nailed the boards together.

Teachers and future educators came together to plant a garden and share ideas about how to bring healthy eating and an awareness of the origins of food to their students.

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