Engaging with the food we eat and grow offers us the opportunity to explore issues related to health, the environment, social equity and the global economy. The Sustainable Food Program fosters this experiential learning in our dining halls, our organic gardens, and the classroom by creating opportunities for students to experience agriculture and sustainability as integral parts of their education and everyday life. Below are some examples of how we bring this to life.
Sustainable Food Events
To raise awareness about current topics in sustainability, we host fun and engaging events throughout the year. The following represents some of the events you can look forward to!
Farm to Fork Cooking Series
The Farm to Fork Cooking Series is part of the Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford cooking education program. This special series of cooking classes incorporates sustainability topics such as organic agriculture, humanely-raised meats, vegetarianism and antibiotics in the food system. Through culinary experience, the group will learn about the featured sustainable ingredients and the effects these food choices have on the environment and their lifestyle. Classes are taught frequently throughout the academic year.
Farm to Fork Research Dinners
Have you ever wondered how your meal made it from the farm to your fork? At this series of informal and engaging dinner discussions, Stanford researchers discuss their current research projects in areas such as sustainable food production, policy, and management.
Garden Work Days
Garden work days are hosted in each organic dining hall garden by our student garden managers. Garden work days give students the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from and how it grows.
Sustainable Seafood Week
During this weeklong celebration, R&DE Stanford Dining raises awareness about sustainable seafood through featuring special dining hall menus, film screenings, cooking classes with guest chefs, and panel talks with Alaskan salmon fishermen, including Heather and Kirk Hardcastle of Taku River Reds Fishery.
Earth Day Dinner
To celebrate this internationally recognized day, Arrillaga Family Dining Commons hosts a special Earth Day dinner every year. To highlight R&DE Stanford Dining’s sustainable initiatives and earth-friendly practices, guests can explore resource tables with presentations from local farms and other sustainable purchasing partners.
Food Revolution Day
R&DE Stanford Dining participates in the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s Food Revolution Day every year in May. The goal of Food Revolution Day is to educate and inspire people to learn to cook healthy, sustainable food. Learn more about Food Revolution Day at http://www.foodrevolutionday.com
Stanford Food Summit
The Stanford Food Summit is a symposium for Stanford researchers and members of community-based food organizations to gather and discuss solutions to some of the nation’s and the planet’s most challenging and timely questions in food-related issues. The agenda of this annual event includes presentations on food system-related research projects that have grown out of Stanford community partnerships. R&DE Stanford Dining is on the planning committee for and participates in the annual Stanford Food Summit, hosted by the School of Medicine. For more information, please visit http://foodsummit.stanford.edu/
The BeWell program offers class to staff on health and wellness lifestyle subjects. In partnership with BeWell, the Sustainable Food Program teaches a number of classes on healthy and sustainable living. For more information, please visit https://bewell.stanford.edu/
The Sustainable Food Program actively collaborates with staff and faculty to provide educational opportunities to students and others on the Stanford campus. Through lectures, class projects, and collaborative coursework, we are able to engage students in many topics relating to the food system.
Current course collaborations include:
Grow It, Cook It, Eat It: Personal Empowerment in Interdisciplinary Food Systems
d.school FEED Collaborative
The Sustainable Food Program publishes a bi-weekly Sustainable Food Newsletter. Sign up for the Sustainable Food Newsletter here: https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/sustainablefood