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Bare Nutrients – a 2011 local/seasonal foods calendar (second edition)
In our annual calendar, Mount Holyoke students pose with local/seasonal foods in the buff. We hope to represent the connection between the foods we eat and how we nourish our bodies. This year we chose to represent every food group including meat, dairy, grains, and sugar.
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Potluck 2010 Series
Food is a wonderful way to bring people together. Potlucks are a great way to bring food together. The Food Justice Society hosts community potlucks on the Mount Holyoke campus periodically through the semester. Potluck themes include a “Stone Soup Potluck”, “Lettuce Turnip the Beet”, and 5- college events. All MHC students, 5-college students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to potlucks.
Field Trips and Farm Visits
Western Massachusetts is home to many sustainable farms and locally owned restaurants. To get to know our regional food landscape better, Food Justice Society organizes field trips and farm visits. Past trips include a visit to “Seeds of Solidarity” farm in Orange, MA, a breakfast excursion to a local Maple Sugarshack, and trips to the local farmers markets.
In an effort to educate the MHC community and ourselves, the Food Justice Society hosts film screenings of recent documentaries. These films present valuable information about agricultural and food issues. The most recent film was “the End of the Line”, a documentary on fisheries.
Bare Nutrients – a 2010 local/seasonal foods calendar
In our annual calendar, Mount Holyoke students pose with local/seasonal foods in the buff. We hope to represent the connection between the foods we eat and how we nourish our bodies. This spring we will be beginning work for the 2011 calendar. Proceeds go to pay for the calendar, and are being donated to Kiva (www.kiva.org) and other food justice organizations.
Dining Services Projects
The Food Justice Society has an ongoing dialogue with Mount Holyoke College Dining Services, to ensure that the students’ voice is included in decisions made about the purchasing and preparation of the food in dining halls. FJS is represented on the MHC campus Sustainable Dining Work Group. This year we are also working with Student Coalition for Action and Working Class Students’ Union for the first Dining Services Appreciation Week, to thank Dining Services for all the wonderful work they do to help make our mission for Mount Holyoke possible
Real Food Challenge Participation
MHC Food Justice Society members attend regional Real Food Challenge conferences and trainings. At the most recent training in Boston, Food Justice Society had 4 attendees. In 2009, FJS was a co-host for the Northeast Regional Food Summit, and was featured in two panel discussions.
Growing food sustainably is only part of the Food Justice Society mission. Eating sustainable food is the other part. Cooking workshops teach students how to use local ingredients to create delicious dishes for sharing. Past workshops include “Breakfast for Dinner” and “I LOVE apples” (a variety of recipes using apples) workshops.
Food issues relate to everyone, therefore FJS has a commitment to collaborating with other student orgs and groups on campus to co-host/co-plan events. This year we hosted “Love Yourself: Just Love, Just Food” with EveryBody, in*Touch Sexual Health educators, and Project Theatre, which was a Valentine’s Day event to celebrate self love and to promote the Bare Nutrients calendar. We often work with Center for the Environment, to organize dinners for campus guests and speakers. We also annually assist with the Jewish Student Union’s Latke vs. Hamentaschen debate.
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last updated January 7, 2011