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Good Food Project Aims to Increase College's Use of Locally Grown, Organic Food

Good Food Project Aims to Increase College's Use of Locally Grown, Organic Food

by Michael Gluk '12

The Good Food Project
Good Food Project volunteer helps in the garden.

This summer, the Good Food Project, a campus environmental group, aims to increase the College's use of locally grown, organic food. Good Food, which promotes sustainable food use and fair food activism, will also continue the upkeep of its garden at the corner of Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue, so integral to many of the project's goals and activities.

Through its Look Local! campaign, Good Food has recently sold its harvest to the school's dining services, but this is insufficient to the school's total produce needs. To augment its own harvest, Good Food has been networking with other farms by offering to use the garden as a drop off point for nearby farms partnered in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network. In CSAs, an ‘investor' buys a ‘share' of the farm's operating cost in exchange for a box of fresh produce each week.

Isabelle Newlin '13, is working with urban farms this summer on an Environmental Studies grant and is heavily involved with the garden's upkeep. Newlin says "CSAs are a great way for farms in a certain area to network with each other and find markets for their produce." The garden managers host open hours for anybody interested in working on the project. The open hours run every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4:00-7:00 pm. Newlin says, "I hope the garden will be a good place to bring everyone together this summer, a good way to bring people out of the woodwork who all share an interest in sustainable food use."