Luther to host open meeting on purchasing local and sustainable foods

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Dec. 11, 2008

Luther College will hold an open meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16 to provide information about Luther’s efforts to buy more local and sustainable foods and to promote discussion about creating a local or regional food system.

Conducted by personnel of the Luther Dining Services and the college’s Sustainability program, the meeting will be held 2-3 p.m. in the Nobel Room, located on the upper level of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

Luther extends an invitation to local food producers and to the owners, administrators, managers and food buyers from area schools, institutions, restaurants, caterers and other businesses that are interested in increasing their local food purchases. The college also welcomes all people who want to be involved in the “farm to plate” process of creating a local or regional food system.

The Dec. 16 meeting will have two components. During the first half of the meeting, Luther Dining Service will provide information about local food purchasing goals, rough product quantity breakdowns, the college’s plans for establishing a bidding process, expectations of relationships with potential local food producers and challenges the college faces to reach it’s local food buying goal.

The second half will be an open brainstorming session about how to build a local or regional food system. Topics for discussion will include: what additional infrastructure is needed, and where will funding for projects come from?

People unable to attend the Dec. 16 meeting but who are interested in selling locally produced food to Luther College may contact Diane Narum, dining services production manager, email address narumdia@luther.edu.