Eating Local on Campus

By: Bridget Vis

Miami University’s Harris Dining Hall hosted its annual Cultivating Community Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 22, and, of course, GreenHawks Media was there.

The dining hall was decked out for the event with fall-inspired decorations like hay stacks, scarecrows, and faux corn. However, the star of the evening was the food, which all contained locally-sourced ingredients. Each dish was served in the traditional buffet style of the dining hall, but labeled with a special sign that listed where the vegetables or meat used in the recipe was from.

GreenHawks’ members were impressed with the selections of dishes including Amish chicken, vegetable lasagna, and vegetarian stuffed cabbage. Culinary services even tried out new recipes of old dishes like their spicy chicken soup. There was also a wide range of delectable deserts featuring local berries in the mousse and apples for the apple crisp.

Needless to say, no member left hungry. This type of event is one GreenHawks would like to see held more often on campus. With so many farms surrounding Miami, bringing in the locally-sourced food makes sense. It has a lower carbon footprint, supports the local economy, and creates an important bridge between the community and the students.

Bravo, Housing and Dining, on a spectacular dinner!


GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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