Hello Campus Environmentalists,
Jake here from the Microfarm.
For this blog post, I’ll give y’all a little update about what is going on with student involvement in food production and distribution here at UT.
We are still holding weekly Microfarm stands in the west mall from 3pm-5pm on Mondays, and we also have two workdays per week; Thursdays from 3pm-5pm, and Sundays from 9am-12pm. We are working on growing our own seedlings in one of the greenhouses on campus, which have just begun to germinate and sprout. Keep up to date on our blog and come help out at a workday!
The first ever UT Farmstand was held last week, and it was a resounding success! While throughout the 5 years Microfarm has existed we have held our own direct-sale farm stand, originally at the farm and currently in front of the FAC on Mondays from 3pm-5pm, the UT Farmstand project is a Green Fee funded project that is along the lines of a traditional farmer’s market. Their model is based on buying produce from local farms, including Microfarm, and then reselling it on campus. They also featured fresh baked bread and t-shirts, bags, and stickers that you can sport to help get the word out. They are holding four more this semester, so don’t hesitate to ‘like’ their Facebook page to keep up to date. The next four will be held on March 31, April 13, April 27 and May 5. This project is especially exciting because of the support it has garnered from DHFS. The more they get involved with local and healthy food initiatives the better off we will be!
Farm to Work
As always, Farm to Work, a program of the Sustainable Food Center, is available. As long as you get your order in by 5pm on a Monday, you can pick up a weekly basket of fresh, seasonal produce on that Wednesday from one of two locations on campus. One of the things I love about this program is the way it can get you cooking with ingredients you may not be familiar with. The produce comes from local farms, and the boxes are 20 bucks. Think of it as a week to week CSA.
Concho Community Garden
Concho Community Garden had their 5 year anniversary picnic and party last weekend. They hold their volunteer work days on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Contact them at email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved or renting a plot.
Green Fee Update
One last little update independent of farming and gardening is that the inclusion of the Green Fee passed last week. The Green Fee Committee is working on putting together a proposal for President Fenves, and as updates become available be assured that they will be posted on the CEC Facebook page.