Month: May 2009

Will Allen: Milwaukee Farmer

Sustainably-grown fresh food is often dismissed as a luxury for those who can afford to shop at Whole Foods, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Will Allen will give a speech entitled “Rich Food for All People” at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 20, in the Memorial Chapel. Allen is an urban farmer. If that sounds like an oxymoron to you, then come to his presentation to learn more about the ways in which a growing number (pun intended) of activists are working to create gardens and markets that serve inner-city residents. Some of the most serious health problems with which low-income urban populations struggle, such as diabetes and obesity, are related to lack of access to fresh, healthy food. The nonprofit founded by Allen, Growing Power, Inc., has pioneered methods of growing food in the inner city by teaching residents how to farm using innovative techniques that make the most of limited acreage. Green Roots is really happy to be welcoming him to Lawrence!

Bon Appetit Adopts Fair Labor Standard Commitment

If you are following environmental issues on the Lawrence campus — or if you just want to know what you might be eating next year here — you probably know that we have contracted with Bon Appetit Management Company to provide food services to Lawrence next year. Bon Appetit offers organic, local and healthy food options, and by hiring them, Lawrence has taken another step towards sustainability.

Good news, right? There’s another reason to be happy about Bon Appetit, though. The company has made an agreement with labor organization The Coalition of Immokalee Workers to set working condition and wage standards for laborers who grow tomatoes in Florida. Bon Appetit has agreed to buy tomatoes only from growers who abide by the standards. The company buys almost 5 million pounds of tomatoes per year, so their decision could have a real impact on Florida growers who don’t want to play by the new rules.

Want to read more?

Bon Appetit’s press release can be read here. For more about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, go here. And here’s an April 29 article from the Washington Post.

Paul Schurke, Polar Explorer, to Speak at Lawrence

Paul Schurke, who has led and participated in several major polar expeditions, will speak in Wriston Auditorium on Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm. Paul’s travels have been extensively covered by National Geographic magazine and television and he is the author of North to the Pole with Will Steger. Most recently he led a dogsled expedition along Hudson Bay to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on arctic wildlife habitat. Paul is also the founder and director of Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge in Ely Minnesota, ranked by Outside magazine as one of the “Top Ten Innovative Outdoor Small Businesses.”

This event is sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation Club (ORC).

Plant Sale!

Spring is upon us and with spring comes gardening! Stock

up on your favorite summer vegetables and herbs at this

year’s plant sale, sponsored by SLUG!

WHEN: Wednesday May 6th, 3-5 pm

WHERE: Science Hall Atrium

WHAT: Eggplants, Tomatoes (6 varieties), Peppers, and

Basil (2 varieties)

HOW MUCH: $3 and $5 (cash only please)