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April 19: Food for Thought series

Food and Garden Policy Committee sets discussion on food options for students


12:53 p.m., April 16, 2012--The Food and Garden Policy Committee (FGPC) at the University of Delaware will host a free workshop, "Food Cooperatives and Sustainable Healthy Food Options for Students and Higher Education Community Members," from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in 104 Willard Hall Education Building.

The workshop, part of the committee's Food for Thought spring series on gardening, food and health, will be led by Christin Johnson, the northeast regional organizer of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED).

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CoFED is a rapidly expanding national cooperative network and training program that empowers students to create ethically sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses.

Johnson is an urban food gardener, avid cook, creative writer, runner and cyclist whose interest in sustainable agriculture stems from a desire to subvert corporatism, re-localize food systems, reframe public health discourse and create alternative infrastructures that empower and sustain traditionally marginalized communities.

All FGPC workshops and lectures are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so those who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Courtney Siegert at

The FGPC will accept donations to fund garden activities, but they are not required. More information about the series and the FGPC can be found at this website.

Future presentations include:

  • "What is the World is WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)?" on Wednesday, April 25, 5-6:30 p.m., hosted by Liz Hetterly and Eva Wilson in conjunction with Earth Week, site to be determined.
  • "The Benefits of Eating Fresh, Raw Foods with Green Smoothies," on Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7 p.m., hosted by health professional Christa Smedile, 104 Willard Hall Education Building.

More about the FGPC

The Food and Gardening Policy Committee is an all-volunteer student group on the UD campus that provides classroom and hands-on experience to anyone that would like to learn how to sustainably grow chemical-free food.

The committee operates a garden in conjunction with the English Language Institute at 189 W. Main St .in Newark. Initial funding for the garden project was provided by the generous donations of the University community through the UD Sustainability Fund.

The garden is open to visitors. Those who are interested in participating in the committee can email Dan Kasper at

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