Saturday, March 31, 2012

UA and Northwest Arkansas Food Security Initiatives

We are proud to announce that there are a lot of exciting food initiatives going on at the University of Arkansas in addition to the work we are doing in the LL.M. Program.

On March 15, President Obama honored students from the University of Arkansas at his Champions of Change presentation at the White House. He recognized them for the student-run emergency food assistance program, the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry.  Their efforts were also featured in the onlline  USA Today.

And, our UA Honors College students have led a campus-wide effort to plant a community garden that will provide fresh produce and flowers to the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry.
Two years of research and planning, along with countless hours of hands-on work with soil, compost and seedlings will culminate in the dedication of the new campus community garden at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
I am delighted to be working with a phenomenal group of Fayetteville leaders through the initiative of Feed Fayetteville on the food security issue in Northwest Arkansas.  There is a grant-funded project to develop a model farm-to-school program and an initiative to coordinate and increase regional food rescue.

This week, two of our LL.M. candidates, Alli Condra and Martha Dragich and I attended a planning meeting specifically on food rescue issues. We hope to involve next year's LL.M. candidates with these and other positive community efforts involving food and agriculture in Northwest Arkansas.