The Bennington Sustainable Food Project started in the spring of 2010, with the goals of changing the food scene on campus. They worked with the dining hall, started a student garden in the community plots, and laid the foundation for a changing campus food culture. Less than two years later, we’ve grown our garden plot into a permanent farm across the street. We’ve started our own student co-operative on wheels. And we are over 70 members strong.
The original statement of purpose reads:
The Bennington Sustainable Food Project is an initiative started by Bennington College Students to address the fact that eating is a political act. We are dedicated to the promotion of human health and humane animal husbandry, maintenance of ecosystems, and the support of local economies. Climate Change, food security, economic inequality, hunger, an increasingly industrialized food system, and human health are among today’s most pressing issues. It is important that Bennington considers its actions more closely, and takes measures to reevaluate, change, and improve its interactions with the environment, the local community, and the global community. Our food choices affect the vitality and health of our environments, communities, and economies. We believe that we have both the opportunity and responsibility to make these choices from an educated position.