Wondering what all this talk about the Real Food Challenge is?
The UMass Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a student led initiative, in partnership with UMass Dining, that aims to bring 20% Real Food to our campus by the year 2020.
It’s our time to make a change, and we want Real Food!
As students of UMass, we have shown that we have the passion and drive to make a difference. Thousands of students around the country are already working to create a better sustainable and just food system, and by signing the Real Food Challenge, we are pledging to do the same.
Agroforestry is an ecological approach to farming that incorporates trees as a central element of an agricultural system. Agroforestry pays close attention to the ecology of a landscape, or the relationship between different species. The idea is that by adding trees to an ecosystem the environmental, social, and economic value of that ecosystem will be improved.
How big is too big? Double entendre’s aside, portion control was something I didn’t think about that much until I moved to the USA almost 20 years ago. No sooner had I arrived than I realized I was in the land of the 20oz steak, supersized fries and drinks so large members of the British Royal Family could take a well-earned boating holiday on their surfaces.
Weeds get a lot of negative press, but once you’ve heard about dynamic accumulators you’ll be open to using weeds as an active and functional part of your garden. There are hundreds of weeds out there that don’t deserve the harsh treatment we’ve so commonly given them. In fact an area of land with a lot of weeds usually is an indicator of soil health, and nitrogen richness which many of the fruits and veggies we eat need to thrive.
How quickly a year goes by. We looking forward to welcoming the New Year and wish you and your family all the best in the coming months.
During this time of the year at UMass Dining, we reflect on what we accomplished in 2013 and what we hope to achieve in the coming year. 2013 proved to be an abundant year for successes. We promoted sustainable and delicious eating, and we enhancing our dining programs and facilities by providing more variety, more dining experiences, and more convenience. These ongoing efforts help to ensure that we maintain a great dining program in 2014.
With the arrival of a cold, white, snowy winter, we at UMass Permaculture can’t help but think about the prospects of a green spring thaw! We’re brimming with anticipation for our most exciting event of the spring, the 2014 Revisioning Sustainability Conference.