Join Western Students for Sustainable Foods in celebrating the bounty of our county! From 4-10pm on Sunday, May 23rd, we’re having a big party in the beer garden here at Boundary Bay Brewery to say Thank You to Whatcom County Fishers and Farmers. There’ll be live music, local foods to munch on and lots of opportunities to learn more about sustainable food right here in Bellingham. This is a family friendly event and it’s free…but donations will be gladly accepted by the Students for Sustainable Foods organization.
The Students for Sustainable Foods have been around for years on Western’s campus, but the club was revitalized this year when they decided to focus on working with dining services to incorporate more local food options on campus and in the dining halls. They have also focused a lot of their energy on education: hosting several sustainable cooking classes for students on a budget at the CO-OP annex, showing films advocating sustainable eating, working in the university’s farm/garden, and planting lots of trees. The Students for Sustainable Foods even launched the Vote With Your Fork campaign when author Michael Pollan came to campus. A campaign that was intended to educate students about the power of their dollars and how every dollar spent on food is essentially a vote about what kind of food the economy should continue to provide. This week the club is hosting sustainable soups and smoothies week on campus, petitioning for healthier and more sustainable food options. They even built a few bike powered blenders to get the day rolling! All in all, the aim of the organization is simply to enocourage people to be more educated about their food…no matter what kinds of food you eat. They don’t care if you’re a vegan or a full blown carnivore…they just want you to make the connection from farm to plate that much shorter and to eat in the most sustainable and ecologically sound way you can.
Which is why they’re hosting this celebration in our Beer Garden! Join us in celebrating the incredible amounts of local, sustainable foods we are lucky enough to have right here in our own community. Take part in working for a more localized food economy, which supports our local food system, our community members, and brings more of the student population into Bellingham’s community. Cheers!