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Fostering Local Food Procurement & Promoting Sustainable Practices


To foster local food procurement with the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) dining services while promoting sustainable practices on campus and the Crookston community.


  • Center for Sustainability 
  • Linda Kingery, Executive Director, NW RSDP
  • Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD)
  • Doug Pedrick, Manager, Sodexo 
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs (Peter G. Phaiah Ph.D.)
  • Abbey Wemimo, Tashi Gurung and Alexandra Buscher, UMC student interns
  • Susan Hallquist, UM Law Student 
  • Jean Coleman, UM Law School 


  • UMC students participate in SELFsustain event at Morris in October 2011
  • Host Environmental Policy Clinic student project by Susan Hallquist
  • Establish a Food Advisory Board (2012) at UM Crookston campus
  • Abbey Wemimo creates quantitative Research Study “The Importance of Sustainability to the University of Minnesota, Crookston Student” (2012/2013)
  • Student interns visit the Cornercopia farm at the University of Minnesota St. Paul (June, 2012)
  • Invite the Real Food Challenge to help establish a quantitative rubric for UMC dining services (April, 2013)


Anticipated outcomes: 
    • Production of local foods at the UMC Green House 
    • One acre campus garden or farmland  
    • Crookston Student Association establishing a food committee 
    • Quantitative rubric for UMC dining services facilitated by the Real Food Challenge


          NW RSDP supported this paid internship.

          Leveraged resources

          • Susan Hallquist and her report from the Environmental Policy Clinic
          • Dr.  Eyad Youseff’s for his research assistance
          • Doug Pedrick  for financial support and access to the dinning services
          • UMC Library  for reference and sources 
          • Linnea Barton assistance with preparing final report 
          • Dr. Daniel Svedarsky for advice and a plethora of resources 


                View Susan Hallquist's report on Local Food Procurement at University of Minnesota here
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