Sustainable Living Hub
The Sustainable Living Hub is led by Dr. Theresa Moran, Assistant Professor and Director of the Food Studies Theme within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Theresa Moran spearheaded the creation of OHIO's Food Studies program which offers a Food and Society Certificate and seeks to promote an interdisciplinary exploration of the production, consumption, meaning and representation of food. The certificate emphasizes both food culture and food systems and highlights how our food choices have social, cultural, environmental, economic and political implications.
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 (338 West State St., Athens, OH 45701) as a site of interdisciplinary and 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. She established the Farm to OHIO Working Group to map out steps and hurdles for regional food producers to sell to OHIO; to develop a procurement toolkit for small producers; and to refine the definition of "local" purchasing to focus on the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Associate Vice President for Auxiliaries, Gwyn Scott and senior Culinary staff are key institutional members of the working group.
The Ohio Student Farm holds weekly produce sales during the growing season.