Food Week is here!

By now you may have started seeing the posters for Food Week up around campus and downtown. But why exactly should you be excited about Food Week? I’ll give you ten good reasons, if you’ll just read on. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

LOCAL FOODS RECEPTION AND BANQUET
Monday March 7, the Root Room, 6-8 pm
Tickets $3 in advance (on sale at Wilder info desk)/$5 at the door
Sponsored by Food Week and Bon Appetit

Join the Food Week Committee and Bon Appetit in kicking off Food Week with a banquet featuring a wide variety of local foods. The evening will start with appetizers and mingling from 6-6:30 pm, and a buffet dinner served at 6:30 pm.  Discussion questions posed throughout the evening will keep us all thinking and talking about food and food issues, including: How does one eat locally in the winter?

BITTER TEARS SCREENING
Tuesday March 8, Wilder 106 (note change), 12 pm
Sponsored by the Immigrant Workers Project

Bitter Tears is a documentary produced by the Immigrant Worker’s Project which shows us the lives of farmworkers right here in Ohio. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.

WHO PICKS YOUR LOCAL FOODS?: THE ROLE OF LABOR IN THE FOOD MOVEMENT
Tuesday March 8, Wilder 101, 8 pm
Sponsored by the Immigrant Worker’s Project and OSCA’s Nicaragua Sister Partnership Committee

Join members of the farmworker justice movement from Ohio and Nicaragua for a panel and discussion about the role of labor in the food movement hosted by the Immigrant Worker’s Project and OSCA’s Nicaragua Sister Partnership Committee.

A DELICATE BALANCE SCREENING
Wednesday, March 9, King 106, 12-2 pm
Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association

A Delicate Balance is a film that reveals the latest discoveries of some of the most prominent experts on nutrition in the world. While debunking the myths surrounding the production and consumption of animal products and exposing harsh realities, it will help you make informed dietary choices, considering your health, the environment, and how to reduce your personal impact. Bag lunches are welcome.

NUTRITION FOR THE STUDENT BODY: A PANEL
Wednesday, March 9, Oberlin Public Library Community Room, 7-8:15 pm
Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association

Come and listen to community members and college students discuss the role that nutrition plays in a student’s life, from kindergarten through college. Our panelists will consider the challenges created by school food, the creative solutions that are being used or considered to overcome these challenges, and the implications of both for public health. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

CHEESE! A LECTURE AND TASTING WITH ABBE TURNER
Thursday, March 10, Wilder 101, 4:30 pm
Sponsored by Slow Food Oberlin and Food Week
 

Abbe Turner is a goat farmer, cheese maker and Slow Food proponent from Lucky Penny Farm and Creamery, in Kent, OH. She’ll walk us through a tasting of four domestic cheeses and speak about cheese pairings, her work, the Slow Food philosophy, and then answer your questions. Lucky Penny cheese will be for sale after the lecture.


FOOD GROWING 101: STARTING FROM SEED
Friday, March 11, Dascomb Lounge, 1-4 pm open seed starting, 4:30-5:30 pm workshop
Sponsored by the Resource Conservation Team

There are few better ways to eat locally and engage with your food system than to grow your own fruits and vegetables. Come learn the basics of seed starting, and start your own seeds, in this interactive workshop with the Resource Conservation Team. Recycled pots, soil, seeds, and other materials will be provided. Bring your seeds back to your dorm room or grow them in one of the designated seed-starting spaces on campus. Plant your seeds in the Spring at a follow-up workshop in the on-campus food garden at Johnson House.


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROJECTS IN LORAIN COUNTY TABLING FAIR AND OSCA BAKE OFF
Saturday, March 12, Science Center Commons, 12-1:30
Sponsored by Food Week

 

 

Want to get involved in ongoing projects or organizations working on food issues in this community? Come wander the tabling fair and meet the students and community members who would love to help you get involved! And while you’re there, sample the results of the all-OSCA bake off and dishes from local restaurants!

FOOD ACCESS IN NORTHEAST OHIO: A PANEL AND DISCUSSION
Saturday, March 12, West Lecture Hall in the Science Center, 1:30-2:30
Sponsored by Food Week

Join local activists and change makers for a panel and discussion about what it means to create access to food in our region. Panelists will include local activists and change makers from our campus and community, will include the executive director of Oberlin Community Services, Linda Arbogast; Chet Bowling, a local farmer; student activist and co-director of City Fresh, Heather Sedlacek; and Angela Wu, a local lawyer and Oberlin College instructor and the Executive Director of Oberlin Street Law. Avi Miner of the Lorain County Food Policy Coalition will moderate.

CREATING CHANGE IN LORAIN COUNTY: WORK GROUPS ON FOOD ISSUES
Saturday March 12, West Lecture Hall, 2:30-4
Sponsored by Food Week

Ready to act after a week of hearing about food issues? Join project leaders, or propose one of your own projects, and create plans to implement plans for lasting change here in our community. We’ll meet in West Lecture Halls, hear about the different projects, and then split up to discuss what steps are needed to achieve our goals. Workgroup participants will leave with a head start on projects that will strengthen our local food system and community.
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