For the past two and a half days, I have been in St. Helena, Calif., with 60 colleagues from high-volume foodservice operations across the nation. The trip was more than an excuse to spend time in the Napa Valley. Rather, we were there to discuss tough issues facing our industry.
My name is Pete Merzbacher and I am proud to go to a public university that authorized and funded the installation of a permaculture garden in front of a highly trafficked dining hall. It's simply awesome. Who else is doing this?
Welcome to the next Phase (#2) of our UMass Permaculture Garden. We are currently seeking to add to our already stellar team, 2 students who will help with media outreach and marketing. See the position flyer below, and e-mail Ryan Harb with your resume: UMassPermaculture@gmail.com to set up an interview.
Happy New Year! January is when we plan events and programs for the remaining part of the school year. And each year, we try to find even better ways to serve our university community. Let me share a taste of what’s to come:
Happy 2011, y'all. I'd like to share with you a video created by UMass Amherst student Paige Gildner. It highlights UMass Amherst Sustainability and our permaculture garden as a key project in the ecological progress of the institution (and world!)
Check it out!
When surrounded by family, friends, food, gifts, and football games, most of us can find reasons to feel jolly during the holiday season. So far, I’ve had my share of fun. I’ve cooked at home for my family, watched some football, and planned a visit to Toronto to see my mom. But this holiday season has been about much more.
Last week, an editor from a trade magazine asked me about the healthy eating at UMass. Were students adopting better eating habits, or did rich, decadent food remain a significant draw on campus?My answer was yes, and yes. Since we serve 40,000 meals daily to more than 15,000 students on various meal plans, UMass Dining is a good place to assess trends in campus eating habits.
I know some of you might be familiar with a book called One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. First published in 1983, it has sold more than 13 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books on business and leadership. Ken was at UMass two weeks ago to conduct a workshop to benefit the UMass School of Education.
Do all of the problems we face in the world overwhelm you? Are you worried about the way we treat our planet? Do you wonder how little you can really make a difference? I know I do. It can seem discouraging at times when you think about how big the problems are and what it would take to fix them... I'd like to share a story with you all, a story about a little hummingbird that changed the way I thought about these problems.