Sustainability in the News

All press releases related to sustainability at Luther.

Farm to School Month

Northeast Iowa celebrates Farm to School Month

Throughout October, students in Decorah and North Winneshiek Schools are getting a taste of locally produced food thanks to farm-to-school initiatives supported by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Over the past three years, schools in Northeast Iowa have partnered with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to celebrate Home Grown School Lunch Week, an event that honors local food and farms. This year, FFI, Decorah and North Winneshiek Schools have stepped up the celebration, extending it through October to observe the National Farm to School Month.

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Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new members

Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members: Ashley Dress, Jake Geis, Felicia Pinto, Ashley Turk, Paige Wettach and Megan Woodward. This dedicated and diverse group of individuals comes from across the nation to volunteer for a year of service with one common goal: to help create a just and vibrant local food system and build active local communities. Housed at Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative, members serve in 18 community school districts across the region.

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John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia

‘For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future’

John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia, will give a guest lecture about the so-called success of the American food system at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus.

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Luther professors attended conference in Italy

Luther College professors attend ACM-SAIL seminar in Italy

Three Luther College professors explored the links among Earth, the environment and culture during a seminar in Italy this summer. Anita Carrasco, Beth Lynch and Matt Simpson participated in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Mellon Seminar for Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning.

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Iowa Prairie Conference

Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme "Prairies on the Edge" July 18-20. This is the first time the conference, which moves to different sites in Iowa, will be held in northeast Iowa. The conference is open to anyone interested in prairies and is attended by a broad mix of prairie enthusiasts, educators, students, researchers and land managers.

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Philip Ackerman-Leist, farmer, author and Green Mountain College associate professor

Luther College to host lecture by author Philip Ackerman-Leist

Philip Ackerman-Leist, farmer, author and Green Mountain College associate professor, will present "Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Our Expectations for the Food We Share," a lecture on local food systems at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in Room 206 of the Valders Hall of Science on the Luther College campus.

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