NONFICTION: Why Writers Love New York City

LaVonne Roberts discusses what inspired her love of New York City. There is a phenomenon many of us seem to get swept up in: feeling that our relationship to the city is as alive and intimate as that of fiery, fateful lovers. What is it about New York that compels us to believe the city is a human entity unto itself: one capable of offering earth-shattering sex, endlessly stimulating conversation, and eventual transcendence, too? Falling in love with New York City is like your first love affair...
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BLOG: "Colleges dig into sustainable dining" by Lavonne Roberts

In preparation for today’s class, I discovered this article: https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/digging-sustainability I loved learning what Sterling College in Vermont is doing and about UMass’ small-plate, big-flavor mentality. I’m personally passionate about collaborative planning between chefs and farms that lead to menu driven crop planting and integrating the farm into Bard curriculum.

BLOG: Best Campus Food…Can we getter better food? – Farm to Bard: Transforming our Food System

This article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/25/best-campus-food-2015_n_6374216.html is one of many that has me thinking about food on campus and what it will take to enact change that is not only sustainably-minded but actually doable. Today we’re visiting a farm that happened because of an unauthorized Kickstarter campaign and student support.

BLOG: "Sustainable Campus Food – One campus’s discovery that the foodservice industry can serve as a catalyst for regenerative food systems" by Lavonne Roberts

In looking at what’s happening at other colleges, I found it interesting that many are winning grants. I also appreciated that UMASS says: :One lesson we’ve learned lies in the way we prepare food. While sustainable procurement can buy you brownie points in the eyes of your customer, it doesn’t correlate to customer satisfaction unless you’re taking taste into account. And so, UMass Dining has begun to redesign our menus, recognizing that health, sustainability, and great taste are inextricably

BLOG: "WasteED – Food Waste with a new name" by Lavonne Roberts

I thought about the “ugly fruit” that we are buying as seconds (yay us!) this week and haven’t stopped thinking about the soup idea that never took off at the packing plant we visited, which has made me think about waste differently. While the article below might not sound like the biggest food news, it makes me appreciate the way that we look at waste and appreciate chefs that use their voice to educate the public on innovative approaches (the pop up).

BLOG: Inspiration from another liberal arts college – Transforming our Food System

I wanted to share another college dining story, and why I think working with development is key to progress in sustainability and desirability for the campus food. The alum interviewed left Hampshire college eight weeks before graduation to be a chef for the Beastie Boys. His comment: “I learned the same lesson I was learning at Hampshire: You have to be the entrepreneur of your education and your life,” ...

BLOG: Greenwashing – Farm to Bard: Transforming our Food System

I learned a new term today – refereeing to the practice of disinformation disseminated by a food service organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image in an article about the real victims of Farm-to-Table controversial practices: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hari-pulapaka-phd-cec/from-the-ivory-tower-_b_9805310.html I’m appreciating that we all need to be better informed food citizens.

BLOG: "Climate. City. Campus – Vancouver Anyone?"

In the spirit of our studies on Thursday, I studied this group and conference. Columbia is the only university in NY that is a part of this group. What about Bard? The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is a non-profit association of globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching The theme for the 2017 conference is “Climate. City. Campus.” At the

FOOD: Farm to Bard: Transforming our Food System

In the spirit of our studies on Thursday, I studied this group and conference. Columbia is the only university in NY that is a part of this group. What about Bard? The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is a non-profit association of globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research, and teaching

BLOG: “Montgomery C. Smith Elementary school pre-k sends holiday cheer to a soldier" by LaVonne Roberts

While students count down the days toward their school holiday break, students in Maureen McDonald’s pre-k class at Montgomery C. Smith bustled with the holiday spirit as they created artwork and discussed their appreciation by creating care packages for Adopt-A-Soldier. The overarching theme was a sense of gratitude to the deployed soldiers for their commitment and dedication to serve.

EDITIORIAL: "John Roam Bio" by Lavonne Roberts

"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” John Roam is a photographer in search of a story. After working in high-tech for twenty-five years, John decided to pursue his passion for riding the backroads of the U.S. on his motorcycle and photographing the uniqueness and beauty of rural Texas. For John, being a photographer isn’t just about creating art and recording a moment in history; it’s about experiencing that moment.

BLOG: "Some Online Grocery Companies Are About to Start Taking Food Stamps"

I wanted to share an article (http://civileats.com/2016/02/23/some-online-grocery-companies-are-about-to-start-taking-food-stamps/) that relates to Ashley Tyner, a former SNAP (food stamps) recipient and single mother who created Farmbox Direct. Started in March 2014, Farmbox Direct is a nationwide produce delivery service whose mission is improving access to fresh produce in under-resourced communities.
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