I'm pleased to announce that after having participated in the pilot year, UNH has signed up to be a charter participant of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). It is but one more example of UNH being a leader in working toward sustainability. For those who are unfamiliar with STARS, imagine it as a comprehensive "sustainability report card" for colleges and universities measuring everything from whats happening in the classrooms to energy efficiency, from...Read More
Mollie Katzen, award winning author of the famed Moosewood Cookbook, is coming to the UNH campus on November 20th & 21st for a series of exciting events, including two Gourmet Dinners with UNH Hospitality Management students and a campus lunch cooking session with UNH Dining.
Friday November 20th, 11:00am- 1:30pm, Great Chefs Lunch Event with Mollie Katzen at Holloway Commons. Click here to check out the lunch menu! Mollie Katzen will be visiting with guests, talking about her menu items...Read More
By now, most people have heard of a carbon footprint, the estimate of an individual or group's greenhouse gas emissions. But what about a broader tool? One for measuring our overall impact on the global environment from our lifestyle choices such as what we eat, where we live and how we travel? Ah hah! Allow me to introduce you to the ecological footprint.
I recently went online to EarthDay.net to find out what my ecological footprint is. Before I share my results, keep in mind that I do...Read More
I spent some time in my garden this weekend, which I will summarize here:
Thank goodness for professional farmers.
Because if my family’s nutritional needs depended upon the bounty of my six-foot square plot, we’d have the Great Famine, Seacoast style.
I’m sure my plight is familiar to many who tilled the soil this summer. The early season brought rain, more rain, and bumper crops of snap peas, salad greens, more rain, and slugs. Just as the sun came out and my tomatoes played photosynthesizing...Read More
Most readers of this blog are familiar with community supported agriculture, or CSAs, which form a direct link between farmer and consumer, cash and produce.
Now, some fishing operations here on the Seacoast are starting CFAs -- community supported fisheries -- with the help of UNH Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant's Ken La Valley. Read more about it here, or listen to this great story by New Hampshire Public Radio science reporter Amy Quinton.
And if you want some community supported seafood,...Read More
It's back to school week here in Durham, and apparently students aren't the only ones getting graded. As sustainability gains ground as a core value in higher education, universities are getting graded by a range of organizations and media outlets. Happily, and not so surprisingly, UNH is making the grade.
This fall, the Princeton Review kicked off the frenzy with its second annual Green Honor Roll. UNH made it into the top 15 of nearly 700 schools from which Princeton Review collected data....Read More
This week we celebrated Eat Local Month by taking turns making lunch for the office using as many local ingredients as possible. Why? Because everything about it is sustainable: from where the food comes from the community building eating it together promotes. And it's just plain yummy!
We've eaten pasta and regular salads, cheeses and crackers, frittatas and quiches, grilled panini-style sandwiches, beet salad, blueberry cobbler and upside-down cake, carrot cake, and more! We've shopped at...Read More
This week's hot weather inspired me to make a lunch that could be served cold. For Monday's lunch, I made a potato-zucchini frittata made in a cast iron skillet, chilled Russian beet salad with onions and garlic, local cheeses and crackers, and blueberry upside-down cake. The ingredients making up the bulk of the meal's calories were eggs from Red Barn Farm (Brentwood), and beets, potatoes and onions I brought home from Meadow's Mirth, the organic vegetable farm where I work when I'm not at...Read More
Governor Lynch kicked off a month-long celebration of local food by officially declaring August "NH Eat Local Month." Festivities being organized around the state include farm tours, potlucks, growers' dinners, cooking and canning classes, and of course there are nearly 80 weekly farmers' markets now operating in NH! Each week in August has a theme: "Visit a Farmers' Market", "Take the Family to the Farm" (visit a farm or farmstand), "Share the Harvest" (providing food for those in need),...Read More
The produce at today's Organic Garden Club farm stand at Murkland Courtyard was not only organic, it was fossil fuel-free, thanks to two veggie-loaded bike trailers and six hearty club members who schlepped a table and tent from the garden on Spinney Lane to the center of campus.
Ben Tillinghast and Helen Clark of the Organic Garden Club
"It's been a dream of ours to use bike carts and not to have to use a car at all," says OGC president Tyler Sildve '11. Here, farm manager Ben Tillinghast and...Read More