Education Updates

Boy, it’s busy in the office in preparation for Common Ground’s expansion! I may not have time for a full-out post, but here are some quick tidbits:

  • Food For All: We’ve been working hard to make this program -which aims to make healthy, organic food affordable for all- the best it can be. You might have noticed our fancy new FFA Staples List, which includes 43 Common Ground staple items which are 20-40% off their shelf price for everyone, all the time. In the next few months you can also expect to see new and improved Eating Healthy on a Budget classes and new FFA recipe options!
  • Sustainable Food Scholarship: It’s that time of year again! We’ve released our second annual Sustainable Food Scholarship application. The scholarship is a $1000 donation to the student’s college tuition, and the application consists of essay questions about the student’s interests in food sustainability. Any college-bound high school senior who lives and attends school within 100 miles of Common Ground Food Co-op is eligible to apply. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best uses the application essays to display his or her commitment to food sustainability. Students in all fields are encouraged to apply, and students who plan to use a nontraditional field to further food sustainability (say, art in contrast to agriculture) are more likely to be chosen. Applications are available here and in the store, and are due March 31st. If you know any high school seniors, I encourage you to let them know about this opportunity!
  • Food Policy Council: A Champaign County food policy council has been proposed to our County Board. If you’re interested in seeing improved local food offerings, more local food farmers, and fewer food deserts, this is an important issue to be part of. You can learn more about the proposal and what you can do to support it in our Action Alert.
  • Classes: We have some great classes going on! Check them out here, on our Facebook page, or in the store. I’ll be teaching my first class of the year on Tuesday, February 21st, 6-7 pm. If you want to explore what “ethical eating” means (and meet me!), be sure to drop by!

Have questions? Please ask – leave me a comment, or email me at education ~AT~!


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