Written By: Christina Muniz, Farm to School/USDA Fellow
When I was in grade school I never thought about where the food I ate in the cafeteria came from. Most of the students at the public schools I attended were on free or reduced lunch. We all stood in line at midday and ate whatever the women behind the sneeze guard plexiglass put on our trays. I never questioned the food or thought about how far it traveled. It was just lunch, no big deal. Now, however, the contents of the school child’s lunch tray is the only thing I think about.
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Written By: Ruby Woodside, 2014 Thomas Haas Climate Fellow
Last week, Climate Fellow Sarah Large and I watched the US and Ghana soccer teams face off at a local restaurant. We struck up conversation with a man sitting next to us; he was dropping his daughter off for orientation at UNH. Being a New Englander, as we both are, we found we had much in common and chatted about several topics before mentioning that we work as Climate Fellows at the Sustainability Institute. There was an almost imperceptible change in the mood. “So you believe in all that… ‘...Read More
Looking for something to do this semester? Do we have a list for you.
Below is a list of just some of the sustainability-related events happening on campus this semester. Join us!
Climate Change, Water and Winter in New England Event: Jan 28
Colleagues’ Luncheon: 12:30-2pm; Gregg Hall, Rm 320
Event: 5-8pm; MUB Granite State Room (light refreshments provided)
Contact: Amy Cunningham, Discovery Program, email@example.com
Film screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Chasing Ice, the...Read More
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In our house, it was normal to have dad relive the story of how each deer was caught over a delicious venison meal. Each kill has it’s own uniqueness to it, whether taking a long time to track, or drag, or has a funny story, reminiscing over the meal did not make us sad or grossed out, but made us happy and more appreciative of what we were eating.
One year it took crossing a brook that had a canoe on either side, my dad and uncle both got into one, picked up the other, rowed both...Read More
I first sat down to write this post as one blog entry. I quickly realized, though, that this topic has many layers, and focusing on each in shorter entries will be better. Daughter and wife of hunters, lover of venison, I want to share the ways hunting connects people firsthand the effects of climate change, and teaches a deeper appreciation for meat and food. We’ll also explore the stereotypes and stigmas to hunting I’ve experienced, and look at its history and culture as well. Hopefully by...Read More
As a freshman at UNH in the fall of 2010, I worked at Holloway Commons. When I heard about the infamous Local Harvest Dinner hosted by UNH Dining, and as a blossoming Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major, I begged my boss to let me do anything I could to be involved. Subsequently, to my initial excitement and almost as instant dismay, that meant working the event. If you’ve ever been to the dining halls on this fateful night, you won’t blame me for vowing to never work it again.
You've heard of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores; but have you ever heard of locavores? This sustainable-pop-culture term describes consumers of local foods, a group which has been steadily growing over the last decade. A recent USDA report announced that the local food markets generate $4.8 Billion dollars in the US every year and are expected to reach $7 Billion this year.
The local food movement fosters sustainable relationships between producers and consumers in an area, providing...Read More
Another catastrophic event occurred last week, which was overshadowed for many by what transpired in Boston. Wednesday night, in the town of West, Texas, an explosion and fire in a fertilizer plant on the outskirts of town killed fourteen and injured around 200. The cause of the explosion is still unknown; there is no evidence of criminal activity. It has been speculated that a fire started first and led to the explosion, which indicates that there was a reaction with chemicals involved in...Read More
Picture from travelfoodanddrink.com
No, this is not something my friends and I thought of one late night in college. It’s the best part of the Sugar on Snow Supper, an event that is widespread through VT and other parts of New England during maple syrup season.
Go to any small town in Vermont or NH and ask someone what a Sugar on Snow Supper is. If they’ve been living there a long time, chances are they will not only tell you what it is, but where the best ones are. I have been going to...Read More