Resources of the UVA Food Collaborative

The Goddess of Gumbo+March 14, 2012
A personal blog on food, feminism, and politics--from a Southern perspective.
The Salt+January 19, 2012
NPR's food blog.
Roadside Food Projects Blog+August 2, 2011
Morven Kitchen Garden Blog+June 20, 2011
When Thomas Jefferson imagined his ideal Academical Village, he emphasized the importance of agriculture in higher education. Jefferson used his gardens as a living laboratory at Monticello, where he experimented with 330 different vegetables and 170 fruit varieties. Over 200 years later, Jefferson's values of agriculture are being reexamined at Morven Farm. In 2001, philanthropist John W. Kluge gave this 7,379-acres to the University of Virginia Foundation for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation currently retains 2,913 acres known as "Morven." This property, once purchased by Thomas Jefferson for William Short, is now a central hub for interdisciplinary research, seminars, retreats, and innovative UVA courses.

A key component to the ongoing educational initiatives at Morven is the Morven Kitchen Garden Project. Located on a one-acre plot which was once organically cultivated for John Kluge, this project will provide a hands-on learning opportunity to study food production cycles, design sustainable agriculture technologies, and develop a better understanding of the social, environmental, and economic implications of our daily food choices.

Ultimately, the Morven Kitchen Garden will link the University’s dedication to sustainability with Jefferson’s respect for cultivators of the earth, who he considered to be among the country's "most valuable citizens." With the help of your contributions to the Morven Kitchen Garden, we can reinforce these Jeffersonian ideals and inspire our nation’s next generation of leaders and shape a more sustainable local and global food system.
UNC Gillings Sustainable Ag Project+June 16, 2011

The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project is a Gillings Innovative Laboratory through the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Can eating local address obesity, the environment, and economic viability?

Goal: To study the public health impact of moving toward a local, sustainable food system.

Dr. Alice Ammerman – professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, leads a large collaborative team gathering health, environmental and economic data within North Carolina.
Partners: UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; numerous UNC departments, including Nutrition, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering; NC State’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems; the Renaissance Computing Institute; Center for Sustainable Community Design; Office of Economic and Business Development, N.C. A&T faculty; the Documentary Studies Department at Duke; Orange County Economic Development offices; and the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

The UNC study will last two years.

This project is supported by a Gillings Innovation Laboratory award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The award is funded through a generous gift to the UNC Gillings School of Public Health from Dennis and Joan Gillings.
This project is the 8th Gillings Innovation Laboratory to receive funding.

Research is being conducted across North Carolina.
The Route 250 Project+May 26, 2011
MISSION: Allegheny Mountain School provides intensive training and support, for young adults at the beginning of their vocations, in sustainable and ecological systems development and management. The Route 250 Project links together city, town, small town, village, and farm, providing a diverse set of structures to study and work with.
Politics of the Plate+May 11, 2011
Stints working on a dairy farm and a commercial fishing boat as a young man convinced Barry Estabrook that writing about how food was produced was a hell of a lot easier than actually producing it.

He lives on a 30-acre tract in Vermont where he gardens, tends a dozen laying hens, taps maple trees, and (in an effort to reduce his alcohol footprint) brews hard cider from his own apples that no one except him likes.

He was formerly a contributing editor at the late lamented Gourmet magazine. He now serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, and writes for the the New York Times, the Washington Post,,, Saveur, Men’s Health, and pretty much anyone else who will take his stuff.

His article for Gourmet on labor abuses in Florida’s Tomato fields received the 2010 James Beard Award for magazine feature writing. Read it here.

His book about how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways–gastronomic, environmental, and in terms of labor abuse–will be published in the summer of 2011 by Andrews McMeel.

Who Fishes Matters+May 10, 2011
Welcome to the first entry in NAMA's (Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance) blog. Most people don't expect fisheries issues to be couched in the context of morality or marginalization. That needs to change. So we thought we would start our blog by sharing with you a couple of unintended compliments we received recently.

School Food Tour+April 11, 2011
The School Food Tour (beginning August 2011) is a 6,000+ mile self-supported bicycle tour that will advocate for healthier school meals and promote cycling for transportation and recreation.

Sara, the School Food 'Spokes'woman, hopes to inspire and energize students and communities to create healthier school environments that support student wellness. She will be conducting engaging classroom sessions, farm visits and community group bike rides all across the country.
UVA Club Red+March 20, 2011
UVA Health System initiative for heart health
Assessing the risk of more food price increases+March 9, 2011
Fed Up With School Lunch, the blog+February 20, 2011
From a better school lunch advocate, Mrs. Q, eating school lunch just like the kids every day in 2010.
Cow Donation Program, Oklahoma City+February 15, 2011
Have you ever wanted to help other people in need, but you were afraid your money would not be used for that purpose? Were you concerned that instead, it would be gobbled up in administrative costs, or worse, into the pockets of people who did not have the best interests at heart of the people they serve? I have too. I’m asking those who can to help me pay for a cow to help feed the hungry in the Oklahoma City area.

I’m calling this fund raiser for the hungry, Don’t Have A Cow–Give A Cow!
Jefferson Demonstration Garden at Hereford Residential College+February 14, 2011
The Jefferson Demonstration Garden is a collaboration between the University of Virginia's Hereford Residential College and the School of Architecture. This site documents the project's purpose, process, and progress.
A Month Without Monsanto+January 31, 2011
In a world dominated by agribusiness giant Monsanto, is it possible to live without Genetically Modified Organisms?

For the month of March 2010, I gave it a shot.
Wasted Food (the blog)+December 30, 2010
From Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise. Fusing Bloom's journalistic research on the topic with the work of countless others, this site examines how we squander so much food.
Farm Hack+December 30, 2010
FarmHack is a resource for farmers who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and fixing things that they broke. Open to farmers of all ages, it has special relevance to young and beginning farmers, who may want to learn from their peers’ and their elders’ successes, mistakes and new ideas.
Grist 40 Food Leaders+November 11, 2010
Four decades after the first Earth Day, the circle of people working toward a cleaner, greener world has expanded way beyond treehugging hippies, red-paint-throwing protesters, posturing politicos, and card-carrying members of enviro groups. To mark this milestone, we’ve found 40 unexpected people who are altering the green landscape.
Manifesto for Artful Eating+November 3, 2010
100-Mile Thanksgiving, Dept of Urban & Environmental Planning+September 16, 2010
Hereford Minifarm blog+September 16, 2010
periodically updated with information from the Hereford Minifarm
Sustainable Table's "The Daily Table" blog+August 18, 2010
The Atlantic Monthly's "Food Channel"+August 18, 2010
Treehugger's "Food and Health" section+August 18, 2010
RPI Course Blog: Food, Farms, and Famine+August 9, 2010
Civil Eats+August 9, 2010
New York Times "Food Section"+August 9, 2010
Grist's "Food" page+August 9, 2010
GOOD Magazine's "Food" page+August 9, 2010
Epicurious's "Epi-log" food blog+July 20, 2010



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