Local and Organic Foods
Vassar’s efforts to increase the percentage of locally grown and produced foods used in the dining halls started in 2002, and is one of the primary goals the Food Committee hopes to address this year. Campus Dining has increased signage indicating which food options are locally grown. (Apples, for instance, were big this fall.)
Increased signage and visibility helps make students aware of the presence and importance of consuming local foods. Why is this important? Besides the environmental benefits of transporting foods across closer distances, supporting local farmers helps develop a sustainable community.
Gordon Commons also continues to host Local Foods Night, an event that features a special dinner menu of locally-grown food options.
Gordon Commons (formerly the All College Dining Center) is a trayless dining facility. Research has shown that “trayless dining” saves thousands of gallons of water, saves energy, and lessens food waste.
Both the kitchens in ACDC and in The Retreat collect kitchen waste and send it to The Vassar Farm where it is composted. Food scraps are also collected and composted off plates in ACDC, and all food and disposables can be composed in The Retreat.
Farmers’ Market at Vassar
Learn more about the indoor farmer’s market at Vassar here.