Local food kickoff for Greenlight student group

Greenlight, a student group geared towards reducing our impact on the planet, hosted a local foods dinner on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, to kickoff this academic year. Based in the College of Design, the members creatively raise awareness of ecological and social sustainability issues by actively demonstrating change on both personal and community levels. Many graduate students helped prepare the meal, handcrafting tasty ingredients such as cheese, hazelnut butter, gazpacho, butternut goat cheese spread, and crackers. Vegetables were donated from a member's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, a co-operative process for household scale investments in local organic farming.

Amber Sausen (MArch, 2010; MS candidate) observed that the gourmet-factor of the meal was really astounding. "We knew it was possible -- just look at the fantastic local foods restaurants in Minneapolis -- though we weren't sure what we could achieve with the produce on hand," said Sausen. "One guest even suggested we start a local food catering service! I think we'll stick with architecture and just feeding our friends from time to time."

Local beverages were also purchased and served in reusable bulk containers.

Recipes and photos are available on Molly Eagen's blog (MArch, 2010; MS candidate) 100 days without oil.

Email grnlight@umn.edu to join the list for announcements of future meetings and initiatives.