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Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: Eating and Drinking at Wes

*This post is an updated version of the Eating and Drinking installment of last year’s Orientation Series*

https://i1.wp.com/www.wesleyan.edu/dining/gallery/images/dining_header5.jpg?resize=625%2C125Eating and drinking is a necessity for all living beings, even during your hazy college days. While we all have to adjust our food standards from delicious home-cooked meals to university food, trust me, it could be worse. Wesleyan has many options for dining that you can enjoy regardless of your dietary orientation. Wesleyan was chosen the most vegan-friendly small US school by PETA, and our friends at the Mongolian Grill are always willing to cook-up a chicken tortilla topped with cheese if it’s protein that you want.

This is a part of the Unofficial Orientation Series 2014 to remind you to eat your veggies.

Local Co-op Info – Deadline Extended to 11:59 PM Wednesday!

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Scott Zimmer ’14, king of beautiful locks and vegetables, is here to help you eat local:

Have you heard about the Local Food Co-op? For the last few semesters, we have been sourcing a large variety of local foods, and allowing students like you to buy them at wholesale prices through your meal plan. This semester we’re offering produce, milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, meat, coffee, eggs, bread, tofu, seitan and granola. That’s a lot of foods!

If you’re interested in hearing more about the co-op, we’re holding an information session this Sunday, from 6-7 in Shanklin 107. We’d love to give you the whole run down. If you’ve been in the co-op before or already know about it, this meeting is not mandatory.

The deadline for signing up with the form below is WEDNESDAY NIGHT (January 29th)!

If you’re ready to sign up, here’s the link to do it!

Any questions? Just email wesleyanlocalcoop[at]gmail[dot]com

What? Go to the info session!
When? Sunday, January 26th at 6pm
Where? Shanklin 107

Join the Local Co-Op! Sign-Ups End Midnight, Tuesday, September 10

If you’re interested in joining the local co-op this semester, here’s the sign up sheet.

If you don’t know about the local co-op, here’s some info:

Welcome to the Wesleyan Local Co-Op! We are a group of students committed to providing you with the best local food we can source. Local food means that during the winter you will not be getting any pineapples or avocadoes, but might be eating delicious root vegetables like potatoes, turnips and beets, or hardy greens instead. We try to get as much variety as possible, but please take into consideration the limitations of what we are trying to do here in Connecticut. Support local farmers, save money, and most importantly, eat gooooood food.

As a member of the co-op, your responsibilities include not only picking up your share weekly, but also volunteering once throughout the semester to help with organization and distribution (further information will be emailed). If you have any questions, just email wesleyanlocalcoop[at]gmail[dot]com 

So just fill out the following form according to what type of shares you would like to receive. Points will be deducted from your account accordingly. If you and a group of friends are splitting any shares, it is very important that each individual fills out the form separately and indicates exactly the portions for which they wish to be charged.

The deadline for filling out and editing the form is midnight on Tuesday, September 10!

(And if you’re interested in taking an administrative role with the co-op just email us at wesleyanlocalcoop[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know!)

“Elbow Deep in Soil for $10 an Hour”: NYT features Recent Wesleyan Graduates, Farming

“Farming appeals to me, and probably to other people, because it’s simple and straightforward work outdoors with literal fruits from your labor,” Abe Bobman ’11 said. “It doesn’t feel like you’re a part of an oppressive institution.”

Yesterday, the New York Times published a piece about the growing trend among young college graduates to pursue the age-old profession of farming. Two Wesleyan alumni, Abe Bobman  ’11 and Jordan Schmidt ’08, are featured, along with a number of other Northeastern liberal arts college graduates.

The article sets the tone at the beginning with an image of well-educated young people who, moved by their ideals and values, have chosen to work the land from dawn to dusk, “elbow deep in soil for $10 an hour.” It focuses on young farmers on two small organic New York farms and makes a point of emphasizing that none of these young graduate farmers come from farming backgrounds. Through snippets of these farmers’ mishaps and misadventures and statements of how their parents feel about their profession, the article looks into the issues of coming to agriculture from a well-educated, non-farming background.