UNI Local Food Program brings producers, consumers together
CEDAR FALLS — Although area gardens and fields are covered with snow, winter is a busy season for local food program managers, like Rachel Wobeter of the UNI Local Food Program.
"This is when we do outreach for producers, host workshops and go to conferences," Ms. Wobeter said.
Under the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, the UNI Local Food Program began in 1997.
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UNI Sustainability Candlelight Dinner
Panther Plot Produces Harvest Fest
On October 22nd and 23rd, students had the unique opportunity to participate in the UNI Sustainability Candlelight Dinner in the Rialto and Piazza dining centers. Each dining center hosted purple and gold "candles" and low-carbon meal options for an evening in an effort to raise awareness regarding energy usage. Students were encouraged to think about how their use of energy today impacts the cost of energy tomorrow, and how they might go about living in a more sustainable manner.
Panther Plot welcomed hungry guests to the first-ever Harvest Festival with fresh produce and a slow-roasted hog on Sept. 12.
The festival was held in celebration of the initial harvest of the Panther Plot and included a live disc jockey who spun records as both University of Northern Iowa students and community members passed through the serving line. The hog roast was provided by Carl Blake of Rustic Rooster Farms.
Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project
The Iowa Waste Reduction Center recently launched the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project. The goal of this project is to reduce the generation of food waste and its disposal in Iowa landfills. By developing comprehensive educational tools, helping to build infrastructure for waste diversion outlets, and advocating for policy changes, the project aims to become a national leader in reducing food waste and diverting it from landfills.
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