Discussion Group: Menu For The Future
Developed by the Northwest Earth Institute, this six-week discussion course follows food from farm to fork and raises many ethical and important questions about what it means to eat sustainably and how to create a more sustainable food system. Farmhouse hopes to offer this and other food discussion groups in regularly. If interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to prepare some of your own food with fresh (and local) ingredients. We'll teach you how! Or stop by to pick up some new ideas like how to make your own granola, how to cook more vegetarian and vegan food, how to can and preserve food, and even how to grow your own fresh bean sprouts... in your closet! If interested, stop by or email us.
We all do it. That perfect apple core, banana peel, orange rind... after a healthy midnight snack, it all ends up in the trash. Tried of chasing fruit flies out of your dorm room? Ever wonder if there was a better way to dispose of your biodegradable waste? The answer to all your problems is... WORMS!! Vermiculture is a small, clean, enclosed, and environmentally friendly way of turning all your fruit and vegetable scraps into gorgeous, rich compost. Interested? We're currently working on proposing a program that will give students all the tools they need to start and maintain a successful vermiculture box in their dorm rooms or apartments. If you're interested, let us know!
Campaign for Real Food at Gettysburg College
The Real Food Challenge is both a national campaign and a social network. The network offers a chance for students and their allies to make connections, learn from one another, and grow the Real Food movement. The campaign is dedicated to increasing the procurement of Real Food on college and university campuses. By leveraging their purchasing power, students can catalyze the transformation of the larger food system and creating lasting change around the nation and around the world. Click here to learn more about our food system crisis and what we can do to change it. It is our hope that as student awareness and passion for justice builds, we can encourage our beloved Servo to strengthen its commitment to sustainability and real food and set the goal of purchasing 20% of its food from local farms and distributors by 2020.
Servo Food Waste Challenge
On average, students at Gettysburg College waste over 650 lbs of food every day. That's 650 lbs worth of farmland, soil, nutrients, oil, chemicals, gasoline for transportation, money, and labor down the drain. The only way we will reduce this number is by assuming greater responsibility for what we consume and waste.
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Our motto: Take what you can eat,
and eat all that you take.
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And remember, unserved food leftover at Servo goes to support programs like Campus Kitchens and the Gettysburg Food Pantry. The less we waste, the better!
For all the food and biodegradable waste we can't avoid producing at the college, we are looking into several different options that would allow us to process that waste on-site and turn it into rich compost for our grounds and the Painted Turtle Farm. If you support this idea, let us know!
Hundred Mile Meal a success!
On Thursday, Oct 22nd Farmhouse sponsored its first annual Hundred Mile Meal in Servo during dinner. We worked with Chef Chris Rinehart to obtain food from local farmers within a 100-Mile Radius of the college and create a delicious entree of Beef BBQ, Roasted Potatoes, and Peach Crisp. We want to know what you thought! Is this something you would like to see more often in Servo?
Servo's commitment to Sustainability
Servo is environmentally friendly in more ways than one. Check out this list of some of their accomplishments below, from their website:
- We partner with the student run garden the "Painted Turtle Farm." We purchase seeds for the produce grown first in the green house and then in the garden. Once harvested it is served in our dining hall, fresh, organic, local!
- We use Tork Intuition towel dispensers and Xpressnap Napkin dispensers that deliver one napkin at a time. Each minimize waste and both use 100% recycled paper. These are products from SCA Tissue North America named the second most environmentally friendly company in the world.
- Our waste cooking oil is collected and turned into bio-diesel fuel.
- Our snack bar uses "green" cups and plates made from biodegradable sugar cane starch.
- Some of our fruit and vegetables are purchased from local farms. What we cannot obtain locally is sourced to a produce house who purchase much of the product they distribute within 100 miles.
- We recycle glass, metal, plastic and cardboard in order to minimize our waste stream.
- We use a Waste Pro Pulper System in our dish room that reduces waste volume by a ration of 8 to 1, reduces water consumption by 66% and reuses 95% of that water continually during operation.
- We promote the use of washable utensils and service ware as much as possible.
- We continue to seek partnerships with suppliers that are committed to being socially responsible to environmental issues.