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First Student-Food Worker Coalition Meeting

Apologies to Becca Wilton ’15 for losing the color rainbow that used to be on the event description below. I guess if you want to see that, it’s a listserv exclusive:


Frustrated with the way food employees are treated by students?
Want to get to know some of your favorite Usdan faces better but don’t know how?
Interested in trading recipes, food sustainability ideas, and chances to work with the Usdan chefs and food workers themselves?
Do you want to begin a dialogue and forge an alliance with the very people who make your food?
Then come to the first Student-Food Worker Coalition meeting! The SWC is a subgroup of WesFRESH dedicated to improving the relationship between students and food employees on campus, and to give each other knowledge, ideas, and support to enrich our community. We invite all Bon App employees to be there, so please ask all food service workers to join us!
Join us for our FIRST MEETING: WEDNESDAY APRIL 4TH! There are two different times3:30 PM in Usdan 110 and 6:30 PM in Usdan Multipurpose Room! The same things will be discussed at both meetings; the two different times are just to make sure that everyone who wants to go has a chance. This initial meeting is to get the dialogue going about the relationship students and workers have with each other and the issues involved in that relationship, how we can improve that relationship, and all other kinds of things about sustainability initiatives, food, and how much we love it!
We want as many people to come as possible, so tell your coworkers, your friends, staff, faculty, anyone you know!

Date: Wednesday, April 4th
Time: 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Place: Usdan 110 and Usdan Multipurpose Room, respectively

WesFRESH Speaker Series: James McWilliams, environmental historian

Come to the next installment of WesFRESH’s speaker series, co-sponsored by Farm Hoe, CoE, and the History Department! 4:15 in the Woodhead Lounge on Thursday, February 9th.

Facebook event.

James E. McWilliams is Associate Professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos. He specializes in American history, of the colonial and early national period, and in the environmental history of the United States. He is also author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. He also writes for the Atlantic, The Texas Observer and the History News Service, and has published a number of op-eds on food in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1991, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He is the winner of the 2001 Whitehall Prize in Colonial History. McWilliams is a vegan.

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge

Crisp Talk: Food Stories from Different Perspectives

From the crisptabulous Mica Taliaferro ’12:

Come to Wesleyan’s Food Day event! Hear a panel with a student, a local farmer and a Wesleyan food service worker sharing their stories about their relationships with  food. Participate in a workshop activity that will get everyone talking about their own food stories. Plus we’ll be serving Stephanie’s Apple Crisp!

If you have questions e-mail micaearth(at)gmail(dot)com

For more detailed information about the events goals please follow the facebook link listed below.

This event is sponsored by WesFRESH and Unite Here!

Date: Oct. 27
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Place: MPR, basement of Usdan


WesFRESH Speaker Series: Josh Viertel, the President of Slow Food USA

Caitlin “Speaker Series Extraordinaire” Aylward ’13 hollers:

The College of the Environment in conjunction with WesFRESH, Farm Hoe and the Italian Department will sponsor the WesFresh Speaker Series: Slow Food Movement, on Tuesday, October 18 at 4pm in Woodhead Lounge.

Josh Viertel, the President of Slow Food USA, will be coming to speak about and answer questions pertaining to the Slow Food Movement.

Please join us!


For Josh’s bio, follow the jump.

WesFRESH Speaker Series

Caitlin C. Aylward ’13 writes in about WesFRESH’s fresh new speaker series:

This panel discussion on our current food system is a part of the WesFRESH speaker series in conjunction with Farm Hoe and sponsored by the COE.

This will be a discussion about the issues in our current food system, and in light of the upcoming farm bill, the barriers and possible solutions for rectifying these issues. I expect this panel to be a spontaneous panel discussion moderated by our faculty advisor, Prof. Fullilove, with plenty of time for student questions.

When: Oct. 11, 4PM

Where: Usdan 108

Check out the facebook event or follow the jump to read about the panelists.

Film Screening: The Garden

Democracy Matters and WesFresh present The Garden, a 2009 Oscar-nominated film.

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers.

  • Date: TOMORROW, April 277
  • Time: 8:15PM
  • Place: Judd 116

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook if you would like to.

Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing

Tomorrow, the CRC and WesFRESH present “Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing!”

The panel  will feature four speakers discussing the careers they have chosen in organic farming, and food-related community organizing:
Dayna Locitzer ’10, who is working on an organic farm in upstate New York for a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of small farms and farmland
Nora Gilbert ’10, who is the coordinator for the Healthy Supermarkets Program, which addresses the food desert issue in New York City
Steve Munno ’01, who manages an organic farm in Woodbridge, Connecticut

Nicole Berube, the program director of CitySeed, a New Haven local food and community development initiative.

There will be a potluck-style dinner preceding the panel at 6:30. WesFRESH is making soup with ingredients from High Hill Farm and baking bread! Bring a dish if you can and a plate, bowl and a spoon too!

Date: Tomorrow, November 1st

Time: Potluck 6:30, Panel 7 PM

Place: Usdan 108

Children in the Fields: The hidden problem of child labor in America

Sophie Ackoff ’11 writes:

WesFRESH presents another event for their week of food politics, this time on farm worker justice:

Hundreds of thousands of children work in agriculture throughout the U.S.  Child farmworkers as young as twelve often work twelve- and fourteen-hour days under dangerous and grueling conditions.  They risk pesticide poisoning, injuries, and suffer fatalities at five times the rate of children working in other jobs.  As a result of their long hours, they drop out of school at alarming rates.  Nationally, barely half graduate from high school.

Although agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., child farmworkers are exempt from the legal protections granted to all other working children in the U.S.  This briefing will give you an overview of these issues by Human Rights Watch as well as an opportunity to sign a letter addressed to local Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro urging her support of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564), legislation that would greatly improve the lives of children in the fields.

Date:    April 30
Time:    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place:    Usdan 110

Food, Inc Screening

WesFresh and Film Hall present a screening of FOOD, Inc! In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer.
Food, Inc. reveals surprising– and often shocking truths– about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Date: April 29
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Film Hall