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Strategies for connecting local farms to universities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/01/06 @ 11:29am

This time of year, the arrival of fresh produce is a welcome relief. The popularity of farmer's markets show how superior taste and local food go hand-in-hand. 

With that in mind, seven colleges and universities in Oregon and Washington created a network to bring locally produced fruits, veggies, dairy, flour, and meat to campus. In the process, they're changing the purchasing habits of the largest food service corporations — Aramark and Sodhexo — in the world. [In Ohio, Oberlin and Ohio University have programs to purchase a minimum percentage of their food from local, sometimes organic farms].

See strategies on how to engage universities in local food programs, and contribute ideas on how all colleges in Northeast Ohio can lead the way in establishing local food networks.

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