Last week, the Colleges celebrated Food Week. The weeklong event is held in conjunction with Food Day, an international day of awareness about how people’s diets impact people and the planet, and how food policy shapes agriculture, the global economy and our ecosystem.
Organized by the Office of Sustainability, events included a lesson on how to make bath products that reduce chemical use and a visit to the Colleges’ garden on St. Clair Street, which was recently revived by the EcoReps– when they planted a pollinator garden with native plants this summer.
At the garden, students helped plant garlic, a perennial allium that is planted in the late fall and harvested in the spring and summer. Another gardening opportunity involved planting pollinators on William Smith Hill, an effort that provides necessary food sources for native pollinator species and supports our Bee Campus USA designation.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, a special dinner featured local fruits and vegetables in Saga Dining Hall. Many options were sourced from farms within a 100-mile radius of campus. In an additional celebration of local food and farmers, there was a virtual farmer’s market every day of the week.
Food Drive donations were collected by the HWS College Store. Participating donors were entered into a drawing for a sustainable HWS T-Shirt made entirely out of recycled fibers.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, students joined a movement of college students across N.Y. State to celebrate locally grown food through the campaign #NYCampusCrunch. Participating schools included the University of Albany, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, Bard College and other institutions. Students across N.Y. posted photos of themselves biting into locally grown apples. New York is the second largest apple producing state in the U.S., averaging 29.5 million bushels annually.
Students are also invited to participate in civic engagement opportunities after Food Week. RSVP to volunteer at the Community Lunch Program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP is also required for attending Pasta Night with the Chaplin by emailing email@example.com.