Food Week at Dartmouth

 

Chances are, today you will think at least once about food. Maybe it will be trying to decide between a burrito or a slice of pizza, or maybe between whether to stay in and cook, eat out or order in. While Dartmouth offer a wide variety of foods and Dartmouth students have options to suit every dietary choice, restriction and whim, we all took a week to ponder where exactly our food comes from, how it is prepared and the environmental implications of our food choices.

To kick off Food Week on October 9th, students, staff and faculty members had the opportunity to visit Riverview Farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire. Riverview Farm is locally famous for their apples, cider, pumpkins, berries, flowers and gorgeous farm stand. Students had the opportunity to pick their own apples, and in so doing, gain an appreciation for the labor that goes into orchard life.

Food week continued with talks, movie screenings and panel discussions. Jeff Roberts, a visiting faculty member from the University of Gastronomic Science in Bra, Italy, spoke about how we can change the world with food that is good, clean and fair for all -- an idea emphasized by Slow Food Movement. The lecture provided a lot of ‘food for thought’ and made everyone in the audience hungry for a nice, thoughtfully prepared, plate of pasta! The movie, “At The Fork”, by filmmaker and omnivore John Papola was screened at the Loew theater. In this film, Papola explores the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and plate of ribs served in the US. In his documentary, Papola interviews industrial farmers across America in an effort to connect viewers to the faces and families behind the food industry.

Food Week also included an incredible Harvest Dinner in 53 Commons Dining Hall. Dining Services staff worked to prepare a meal featuring locally sourced and masterfully prepared foods from local farms & producers, including the Dartmouth Organic Farm! The menu featured delicious roasted squashes, roasted chicken, ginger ice cream, mussels from New Hampshire's sea coast, and more. The Harvest Dinner was an opportunity to enjoy locally sourced foods, and played an even more important role in bringing the entire community together around Food Week for an evening. Many students remarked that they had never seen 53 Commons so full!

In the same spirit of building community around food, Food Week also included the annual HarFest fall festival held at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. The event was organized by a committee of students connected to food work in a variety of ways on campus -- Ali Patillo '17, Claire Apuan '18, Charlie Levy '19, Poli Sierra-Long '19, Emily Morin '20, Sarah Pearl '20, & Olivia Fine '20. There was live entertainment from the Rockapellas & Casual Thursday, pumpkin carving and painting, hot cider, cider donuts, & a Collis baked good favorite -- vegan pumpkin chocolate chip bars. The menu also featured vegetables from the O-Farm including carrots, cherry tomatoes, student-baked pumpkin bread! Harfest was a way to bring more students out to see the farm and hopefully encourages a greater appreciation for locally grown food and the positive community food can create. Despite the rain, spirits & camraderie, & pumpkin carving enthusiasm were high!

Finally, food week concluded with a visit from famed author and food activist, Michael Pollan. In addition to sitting down for a tea with students studying Environmental Studies, Mr. Pollan gave a speech at the Hanover Inn in front of several hundred people about how cooking can change your life. He emphasized that American’s spend less time now than ever before cooking and how returning to caring about food, where it comes from and how much we consume can lead to a healthier, longer life.

Scroll down for some of our favorite photos from the week's events! 

 

Author and food activist Michael Pollan sits down with Environmental Studies & Sustainability Office students to talk about the implications of food choices

 

With great food comes great waste! Students Paul Vickers '19 and Charles Levy '19, help students learn how to sort their waste at 53 Commons.

Beets, squash, & more served at the Harvest Dinner at 53 Commons during food week

Not even cold, rainey weather could prevent students from having a marvelous time at HarFest at the Dartmouth Organic Farm!

 

More HarFest fun!

What else would we serve at HarFest but locally sourced Harpoon Pumpkin beer and cider?

Pumpkin carving in action at the Dartmouth Organic Farm! All of the jack-o-lantern pumpkins were grown on site!

 

Even Jack-O-Lanterns are smiling during Food Week 2016!

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