Farm to Table

January 17, 2014

On an overcast fall afternoon, UW Farm Manager Sarah Geurkink pulls bright red radishes from the ground at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH), and bands them into tight bundles. The radishes, along with mixed greens and carrots, are harvested to be sold at Alder Hall’s District Market. Geurkink, who moved to Seattle from Michigan, became interested in farming food after seeing the poor diets of inner city youth. She saw local and sustainable food production as a means to better peoples’ diet and lifestyle.

New food exploration community opening in Mercer Court

May 28, 2013

Beginning this fall, students interested in food studies will have a new option to explore the many aspects of food, ranging from environmental impact to health to culture to eating.

A new food studies living and learning community, located in the Mercer Court Apartments, will be offered to students for the 2013-14 school year.

“The food exploration students will literally be able to grow food, harvest it, cook it, eat it,” said Julia Parrish, associate dean for academic affairs and diversity at the College of the Environment.

District Market donates in new partnership with Food Lifeline

May 9, 2013

In an effort to give back to the community, the UW’s District Market has partnered with the nonprofit organization Food Lifeline to donate uneaten food to the hungry.

The partnership, which has existed since February, has donated close to 2,000 pounds of perishable food thus far, or approximately 1,618 meals.

“We’re just really focused to make sure we’re doing everything on our end to make sure it’s a successful venture,” said Heidi Antush, District Market’s general manager.

Close-up: Dumpster diving

It’s a late Sunday night in the U-District and sophomore Cassie Halls and a group of cyclist friends are biking home. Their feet strain against the bike pedals, fighting the weight of panniers over-flowing with food from the night’s haul.

This is a typical weekend grocery trip for Halls; she’s part of a subculture of “dumpster divers” or “dumpsterers” — students who make a habit of eating what the rest of the United States has discarded.