UW Madison Gardens and Housing “Keeping it Local”
“A new local food initiative on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is starting very close to home. For the first time this summer, UW Housing’s Dining and Culinary Services is sourcing some of its produce from a small plot in Allen Centennial Gardens on campus. Diners at Frank’s Place – the dining facility in Holt Commons – have been enjoying fresh greens, radishes and onions grown just a few hundred feet away, and some of the lettuce in the Babcock Dairy Store’s sandwiches and salads may have had a shorter trip to the store than the patron eating it.”
You can read more about this initiative in the full story by Jill Sakai of University Communications. This is a story with some close ties to In Defense of Food and Go Big Read. Monica Theis, a Food Science instructor who “assumed responsibility for the garden four years ago,” is participating in a Center for Biology Education faculty book group that has been hard at work developing and sharing approaches to using the book in courses. Monica is a great contributor to the planning that’s underway to assure rich discussions of the book throughout the year. Housing is a co-sponsor of Pollan’s visit, and it’s great to see how agile they are in implementing some of the principles in the book in our dining halls.
Finally, there couldn’t be a more beautiful setting than Allen Centennial Gardens. I would love to brighten up our sites with some supplemental photos if any amateur photographers would like to take photos, and the full story has some beautiful, captioned photos.