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As with all sustainability-related topics, food procurement intersects with many different social, ethical and economic questions: how we spend our purchasing dollars, what issue engages us in the larger community, how we utilize our land, etc.

For more information about Carleton's varied food-related policies, initiatives, and ways to get involved, please check the sub-pages below.

Carleton's innovative food ecosystem made an appearance on Public Radio Exchange in this radio story from 2013 featuring several students and staff. The story is a half hour long and Carleton voices are interspersed throughout:

    Dan Bergeson speaks about student pressure to source better food at Carleton at 5:30
    Katie Blanchard talks about the Carleton Farm and the vegetables it produces at 6:30
    Kelly Scheureman speaks about climate awareness and perceptions of food at 9:30
    Taylor Owen speaks at about food culture at other campuses at 9:50.
    Lindsay Guthrie speaks on activism and individual determination at 11:50.
    Chef Michael Delcambre speaks at 16:40 on sourcing quality local foods and using vegan and vegetarian cuisine.
    Katie Mckenna of Bon Appetit speaks on timing food for campus events and waste reduction at 20:00
    Mark LaChance speaks on sustainable kitchen practices and composing at 21:35.
    Local farmer Ben Daugherty of Open Hands Farm speaks at 23:00.
    Local farmer Erin Johnson of Open Hands speaks at 24:10.

  • Laura Arneson '15

    Food Recovery Network

    This campus initiative brings together student volunteers, Bon Appetit, and local Rice County organizations to decrease food waste on campus while simultaneously addressing hunger within the local community.
  • Real Food Challenge logo

    Real Food Calculator (2013-2018)

    A tool used by a sub-committee of the Food Alliance to analyze Carleton's current food purchases and look into potential areas for improvement. It is part of the national Real Food Challenge, seeking to create a healthy, just and sustainable food system.
  • The front door to a land of vegetables.

    Carleton Student Organic Farm

    Carleton students operate a 1.5 acre farm that uses organic techniques and other innovations. The food produced is sold to the campus dining halls.
  • Tomatoes galore

    Food Procurement

    Read about Carleton's sustainable food procurement efforts, including those by Bon App├ętit, the Carleton Food Alliance, and the Carleton farm.
  • Farm to Fork logo

    Carleton Food Alliance

    Connects food organizations on campus and in the Northfield community to promote collaboration, increase food systems awareness, and help further the local, sustainable food movement.