Nearly 53 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 seek out organic foods, according to a 2014 Gallup Poll. If you’re one of these people (or you want to be), you may know that the multi-billion dollar organic food market continues to grow each year. And college dining halls and cafeterias are taking notice.
Many colleges offer organic food options. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the campuses that provide organic and sustainable foods.
College of the Atlantic (ME): According to this college’s Dining Services Web page, its “kitchen emphasizes the use of local, organic ingredients.” The college uses meat that is humanely raised and seafood from sustainable sources. The college dining services uses some organic produce from the Beech Hill Farm’s Farm Stand. The farm is run by a collaboration of students, faculty and farm managers.
Duke University (NC): The Blue Devils’ dining services says it “has a strong reputation for high quality dining services, which includes a commitment to sustainability.” Many of the dining locales on campus include organic ingredients.
Evergreen State University (WA): About 30 percent of the dining center food at this college is from local sources or is organic. Poultry and beef come from local vendors that raise the animals without antibiotics or added hormones. The college’s juice vendor—Columbia Gorge Organic Juice—offers several varieties of juice made with organic fruit. There’s also a certified organic farm on campus.
Middlebury College (VT): Students at Middlebury run the Middlebury College Organic Farm. Some of the produce grown on this farm are used in the college’s dining centers. The college’s dining services uses a much local produce as it can, such as locally grown fruits and vegetables, maple syrup and dairy products.
St. Olaf College (MN): This college has its own student-run organic farm, too, called STOGROW. The campus dining services buys vegetables and herbs from this farm, and uses meat and poultry raised antibiotic-free and without growth hormones.
University of California, Berkeley: This college is home to America’s first certified organic college dining hall. All salad bars in dining centers on campus are 100% organic. In addition, dining centers in the residence halls offer organic trans-fat free peanut butter and organic, cage-free eggs.
Yale University (CT): This Ivy League school has a Sustainable Food Program, which incorporates an organic food component. Students grow organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and more on the one-acre The Yale Farm located on Yale’s central campus. Yale’s dining services use hormone and antibiotic-free beef, cage-free chicken and organic fair trade coffee, among other sustainable and organic food.
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