Food Pantry Donations
Every year the gardeners shared their abundance with the local food pantry throughout the summer and into the fall. The food pantry received a variety of produce such as tomatoes, basil, onions and peppers.
Salad Bowl Days
New to Luther's campus in the summer of 2012 was the opportunity for members of the Luther community to enjoy a special treat. Throughout the summer the Luther gardeners had them bring a bowl to one of the edible landscapes and filled it with mixed greens, spinach, arugula and other salad toppings coming from the campus gardens and local producers. Visitors were also given a bag of greens to take home.
In October 2012, over 650 pounds of butternut squash were given away to faculty, staff, students and community members as a way to educate the campus about the many ways to use squash as part of a healthy diet. Recipe books were given away and samples of squash bread and roasted squash were available to try.
Basil from the edible landscapes and campus production gardens was shared with the campus community during the peak of basil season, along with a recipe for pesto to help educate about the edible landscapes and deliciousness of basil in the summertime.
Zero Waste Picnic
First-year students and their families are introduced to the college's sustainability ethic—and its great food—at the Luther Zero Waste Picnic during orientation in August.
Over 1,000 people gather on Luther's central campus to take part in the picnic. Grass Run Farm Burgers and other local foods are served on more than 1,500 flatbread plates—all made in the Luther bakery and all of which were composted after the event. Additionally, real glasses and silverware are used in an effort to eliminate the waste from thousands of paper or plastic utensils.
As guests learn about sustainability at Luther and the benefits of local foods, they are encouraged to take only what they can eat and compost all they could not finish—scraping leftovers onto a compost pile and tossing the edible plates onto Plate Mountain. The event demonstrates to incoming students that Luther is committed to sustainability, a message many will carry throughout their four years at Luther and beyond.