Breaking ground and drinking rounds (of coffee) at Boston College

September 17, 2008

From the new organic garden to the real food café, Boston College knows real food. Inspired by the Northeast Real Food Summit at Yale last year, grad student Michael Cermak and junior Sarah King founded Real Food BC - a student group whose goal is to educate the student body about the importance of local, sustainable food.

"Real Food has proved to be an important organizing frame to unite people on campus that care about environmental, health, and social justice," commented Cermak, who realized the importance of gathering wide student support. With lots of campus enthusiasm, Real Food BC organized a "Food Week" in the spring of '08, featuring a dinner discussion, the screening of the film King Corn, and a real food panel discussion including Anim Steel from the Food Project, other food activists from the Boston area, and their Dining Services Director, Helen Wechsler.

Perhaps their biggest accomplishment is Addie's Loft, a café that features local and organic food. Real Food BC helped design everything from the menu to the shirts students wear when working in the café. The grand opening will take place during the Real Food Now! Month of Action, and include a discussion about the Real Food Challenge with some of the administration. Other Real Food Now! events include several tours of the garden where participants can pick their own salad and taste the difference that locally-grown food offers.

Future plans include expanding the garden and sourcing more real food for the café. With over 400 people on their mailing list and a core group of dedicated food activists, they are well on their way.

To find out more, visit Real Food BC's site or contact Mike Cermak at