Friday, February 29

FSP Meeting Change, Green Thumb Conference, WWOOF Panel

CoreFoods is hosting a panel on WWOOF, which is an organization that connects “willing workers” to farms around the world where they can work in exchange for room and board. Since the event, which I encourage you to attend, is during the FSP meeting time at 8pm, the FSP MEETING WILL MOVE TO 9pm this Sunday. Same place—Math 520. See below for more info about the WWOOF panel.

Green Thumb, a department of NYC Parks and Rec., is hosting a conference on gardening in the city with workshops, speakers and a bunch of city “greening” groups. It will take place March 15th in the Bronx and only costs $3 if you register in advance, $5 otherwise. You can check out GreenThumb here:

CoreFoods WWOOF Panel:

If you're looking for a great opportunity, check out our panel discussion sunday night about WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)*.

This Sunday!!
8:00 PM
Lerner-- Ramp Lounge West
Free Food!!

*WWOOFing offers you the chance to live/work on a farm in one of over 20 countries! You get free (delicious) food and lodging in exchange for a few hours of manual labor. It's a great way to see the world and learn about sustainable agriculture.
This SUNDAY night, come meet Columbia students who've WWOOFed on farms throughout the world. We'll have pictures of their travels & eco-friendly snacks. Sunday night at 8pm in Lerner

Thursday, February 28

Op-Ed in Spec

An op-ed by Becky Davies (me) about the relativity of sustainable food, published in Monday's edition of the Columbia Spectator:

Sustainable Food is Not Just for the Elite

Tuesday, February 26

Eat Well Guide Internship/Externship

Eat Well Guide Internship/Externship Opportunity

Eat Well Guide, a free online directory of sustainable food sources, is seeking college interns/externs throughout the United States and Canada. If you are interested in food issues and the sustainable food movement, check it out.

Eat Well Guide interns/externs will telecommute from their home or campus to help bring exposure to small farmers, retailers and chefs who are committed to providing wholesome and sustainable food products. In the process, interns/externs will gain an exceptional view into the rapidly increasing sustainable food movement and interact with the leaders of this movement across the United States and Canada.

Interested students should be organized, detail oriented, conversant in writing and on the telephone and enjoy working independently as well as with other likeminded people. Must commit to 10 hours/week during the semester or in the summer. Shorter intern programs are available during school breaks. Hours are flexible, but regularity is important. The internship is unpaid; credit only.

Please email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to or fax to (212)726-9160 and note: “Eat Well Guide Internship”

Sunday, February 24

Meeting Minutes 02.24.08

Campus Garden:
    • Compile proposal mission statement:
      • Raise awareness about sustainable gardening/ agriculture.
      • Forge community among students.
      • Outdoor interactive space.
      • Producing our own food, reconnecting students to the source of our food.
      • Joining larger movement of sustainable/local food among university students nationwide.
    • What are we planting? How? When? Consult handbook on community gardens.
    • Contacting student groups
    • Contacting professors/ faculty
    • Survey of support among students and faculty
    • Becky writing letter for faculty
Margaret Hoffman meeting:
    • Once a month brunch
    • Farmer’s market is insured up to a million.
    • Menu suggestions
    • Market delivers on Thursday
    • We have a list of farmers
    • Waiting till brunch might be possible
Eric emailed Jo and asked about all the stuff we talked about last week. Waiting to hear back.Next step with brunch: getting in touch with chef – Liz in on that.

Milk: Andrew emailed the company.
    • They don’t use hormones or antibiotics.
    • Still to find out:
      • Names of specific dairies?
      • Can we go on a tour of one of them?
    • Earth week:
      • Lecture/panel
      • food – need funding
      • table on Earth Day
      • Global Solutions might want to partner on speaker panel (talk to Ugo)
      • Rickie will research and contact potential speakers.

Real Food Meeting: at Vasser 12-5pm, April 6.

Other Universities Turning to Sustainable Food

Duke University:

U Penn:


More Beef Recall Info

This appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday...

Meatpacker to Shut Down In Wake of Massive Recall