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Published: April 9, 2019 Author: Sam Crowl

Dr. Theresa Moran, the OHIO Office of Sustainability’s new Sustainable Living Hub Coordinator, will discuss her Hub initiatives at the third Sustainability Hubs Seminar at 5 p.m. Tuesday April 16, in Baker University Center’s Front Room. 

The Sustainability Hubs Seminar series is held the third Tuesday of February, March and April at 5 p.m. in the Front Room.

Moran’s seminar will engage attendees in a “Know Your Local Food System” icebreaker with seedlings and coffee coupon giveaways while sharing local food knowledge. Moran, director of OHIO’s Food Studies theme, will talk about the OHIO Student Farm and how food is critical to sustainable living, not just on campus during college but throughout our lives and across the globe.

After an introduction to her initiatives, Moran will lead seminar participants on a fieldtrip to and from the OHIO Student Farm, located on West State Street. Transportation will be provided.

Join the group in walking through the hobbit door to the Circle Garden to see where students learn sustainable farming. Community Food Initiatives will be on hand to give a pop-up workshop on porch planting – pick up tips on how to transform your porch, deck or backyard into your own personal source for fresh, tasty produce.

Participants will then take a tour of the Student Farm, the production site where Food Studies interns grow vegetables and fruit – come and meet your student farmers. Wander through the high tunnel where “season creation” comes to life and seedlings enjoy protection all year long. Snack on tender greens and learn more about how you can be part of solving healthy food access on campus and in our region.

As one of three new faculty coordinators working with OHIO’s new sustainability structure, Moran’s Sustainable Living Hub will focus on sustainability initiatives connected to the themes of food, grounds, transportation and student affairs.

Moran is currently leading an initiative to advance OHIO’s institutional procurement of regional food and, on a parallel track, advance the OHIO Student Farm as a site of interdisciplinary, experiential learning.

Moran’s procurement initiative evolves out of her partnership with Community Food Initiatives and Rural Action on the Initiative for Appalachian Food and Culture project, funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation. 

Sustainable Living Hub

Photo courtesy of: Office of SustainabilityStudent picks food out of the student garden