|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Jan. 5, 2016|
North Carolina State University
IN-3: Innovation 3
|1.00 / 1.00||
Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
University Dining at NC State is committed to a partnership with the campus Agroecology Education Farm. This farm, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is a teaching farm that helps to provide organic food to the dining halls on campus, while educating students on organic practices and real world application through a business model that is similar to that of the outside market.
A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
In order to expand production, University Dining has purchased two hoop houses that will not only expand the bounty produced at the farm, but also add a critical component of season extension that will allow peak production to last into the school year when most of the students are on campus. After the completed construction of the hoop houses, it is estimated that production will increase to approximately 6000-7000 pounds per year.
In addition to the food provided to the campus dining halls throughout the year, University Dining hosts two events each year that feature exclusively local food, much of which is provided by the Agroecology Education Farm. These events are the All Carolinas Meal, which takes place each fall semester and Farm Feast, which occurs each spring. Both events include education and outreach.
University Dining and the Agroecology Farm are also partnering to host a farm to fork dinner that bring together many campus partners and members from the community who all will play a vital role in the continued success of the farm. This dinner will be comprised of menu items cooked with food from the farm.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
|Yes or No|
|Air & Climate||No|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||No|
|Diversity & Affordability||No|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||Yes|
Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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