Local and Sustainable Food
Eating local helps support your local community and provide nutritious, good tasting food for you. Buying local supports local farmers and producers. We can all play a role in helping to improve the long-term sustainability of our food system by learning more about how our food choices affect the environment.
- The Morris campus is a founding member of the Pride of the Prairie, which promotes local use of foods grown in west central Minnesota, and one of the longest-running local food efforts in Minnesota higher education.
- Our campus food service provider is contracted to purchase from area farmers whenever possible, and it also contributes to the West Central Research and Outreach Center’s annual Horticulture Night, demonstrating the preparation of locally produced foods.
- The Morris campus was the site of Congressman Collin Peterson’s inaugural Home Grown Economy conference and presented at the 2010 gathering.
- Twice a year the campus hosts a Pride of the Prairie Food Expo and Farmers Market along with a community meal featuring locally and organically grown foods.
Morris Healthy Eating
The Morris Healthy Eating project, funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, is working to expand the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits on campus, within the City of Morris, and in Stevens County. Students are providing support for local farmers markets, tending an organic garden, and promoting healthy food choices.