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Food Day 2011

First annual celebration of Food Day at the U of MN a success!

Food-Day-LogoOn October 24, 2011, HFHL was proud to host Food Day at the University of Minnesota, part of a nationwide day of events celebrating the first annual Food Day, a movement to promote healthy and sustainable food for everyone. Over 1,000 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the various Food Day activities throughout the day. Thanks to all of our partners, sponsors, and volunteers!

The Food Expo, held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union, showcased more than forty campus and community organizations that do food work, emphasizing how attendees could get involved and make a difference. Highlights of the Food Expo included food samples and the chance to win a variety of prizes, from cookbooks to coffee to crockpots. At 11:30 a.m., Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon, U of M Senior Vice President Robert Jones, and HFHL Director Mindy Kurzer led the Good Food Rally, discussing local food-related initiatives in the community and encouraging students and community members to get involved. Council Member Gordon presented the official Food Day proclamation, signed by Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, declaring October 24th as annual Food Day in the Twin Cities. Wonderful food was provided by local businesses Birchwood Cafe and Common Roots Cafe.

Also running throughout the day were a variety of presentations and cooking demonstrations open to everyone, held in both the Campus Club and the Great Hall. The Food Expo wrapped up with a panel discussion focusing on opportunities for more collaboration and interdisciplinary work around food issues. The final event of the day, however, was the screening of "Dirty Work: The Story of Elsie's Farm, a film about a year in the life of an organic farm in Wisconsin. The film maker and others involved with Elsie's Farm spoke in more depth about their experience after the film and took questions from the audience.

Video: Good Food Rally
Food Day Recap Slideshow

Food Day Poster
Press Release 3, 10/17
Press Release 2, 9/27
Press Release 1, 8/15

"What does Good Food mean to you?"

Over one hundred University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, and community members shared their answers to the question "What does good food mean to you?" on Food Day and the days leading up to it, both on Facebook and in Coffman Union.Participants were entered into a drawing for a $200 Whole Foods gift card. See the response and photos from the campaign on the Food Day - U of MN Facebook page! Here's a taste of some of the thougtful and inspiring answers:

Contact_Table_Volunteers"Good food is food that makes you slow down and enjoy sharing a meal with those you love." - Kate

"Good food sustains people and the planet. It is grown, processed and consumed responsibly, and fosters a vibrant society- from providing nutrition for basic needs to a form of cultural and traditional expression." - Mary

"Good food is healthy, natural, and kind to everything involved in its making!" - Callea

"Colorful!" - Goldy Gopher

"Good food is that which was "meant to be:" Food that naturally grows, takes effort to harvest, and in the process, builds community! Mmmmm...." - Melissa

"Good food means beautiful food, which means beautiful insides, which means beautiful outsides. You can see the glow of good nourishment from within someone just by looking at them! And when you talk to them, they are satisfied. Satisfaction is the best side-effect to eating real, good food." - Leslie

"Good foods are rich in flavor and in nutrients. Delicious and nutritious!" - Courtney

"Good food springs from the labors of good conscience and heart." - Stephanie

"Good food is grown, prepared and served with love. It carries the family and the national character in it and it unites people who share it. It is also good for the planet." - Avrova


Food Day in the News!

Star Tribune, Taste Section, 10/20: "....and a must-see documentary."
Star Tribune, Taste Section, 10/3: "A day to celebrate the issues of food"

Food-Day-Logo-TomatoSchedule of Events

Food Expo

Held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union
9am - 5pm: Expo booths open
11am-1pm: Food provided by Birchwood Cafe and Common Roots Catering
11:30am: Good Food Rally

Food Day Sessions

Held in the Campus Club, Room ABC, 4th floor of Coffman unless otherwise noted
Held in the Campus Club, Room ABC, 4th floor of Coffman
9am: "Local Food Initiatives in Minneapolis," Council Member Cam Gordon
10am: "Locavore 101," Courtney Tchida (MISA) and Chef Beth Jones (Campus Club)
1pm:   "How to Read a Nutrition Label,"  Public Health Nutrition Graduate program
2pm: "Cooking on a Budget," UMN Extension - Cooking Matters, Simply Good Eating
3:30pm: "From Agronomy to Gastronomy: Acquiring a Taste for the Tensions of Interdisciplinarity in Studying Food" Panel discussion: Maggi Adamek (Terra Soma Consulting Services), Nick Jordan (Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics), Mindy Kurzer (Department of Food Science and Nutrition), Jeff Pilcher (Department of History) -- Moderated by Valentine Cadieux (Department of Geography)

7pm: "Dirty Work" Film Screening (Science Teaching and Student Services building, Room 230)

FILM SUMMARY: Dirty Work: The Story of Elsie's Farm is about an impossible, perhaps quixotic dream to take an old farm, invest it with new ideas and grow a community. Community supported agriculture; what does it take? Who are the people that make it happen? And how are their lives transformed by living the change they hope to see?

The film follows a year in the life of an organic farm, called Elsie's Farm, in Ridgeland WI. From planting seeds in the spring, to the harvest in the fall, the documentary follows the ancient pattern of the seasons and shows what goes into making such a farm tick. It's a film about getting your hands dirty, doing work you believe in, and planting the seeds of the future, even at the risk of breaking your heart. Trailer:


U of MN Food Day Partners

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Campus Club

Office for Student Affairs
Coca-Cola Academic Initiative Grant
TCF Bank Sponsorship Assistance Fund
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Lakewinds Natural Foods
Pepin Heights Orchards

University of Minnesota Extension, Cooking Matters, Simply Good Eating

School of Public Health
University Dining Services
Cooking Matters, Extension

Cornercopia Student Organic Farm

Wellness Collaborative
Rec Sports
Institute for Advanced Study
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Sustainability Studies
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
The Food Industry Center
Center for Spirituality and Healing
Red Stag Supper Club
Birchwood Cafe
Common Roots Cafe

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