GENESEO — Starting in October, the Village of Geneseo will become a drop-off point for Good Food Collective, the multi-farm produce share program that involves 10 weeks of fruits and vegetables to pre-paying members.
Madeline Smith, Campus Auxiliary Services Ambassador in Entrepreneur for SUNY Geneseo, created Think Local Geneseo which focuses on education and encouragement of local food, farming, and businesses.
“I thought that bringing more local foods into Geneseo would be a way to tie the community more with the college,” Smith said.
The program was created through SUNY Geneseo’s Center for Inquiry, Discovery, and Leadership.
“It’s encouraging students, both on and off campus, to shop weekly at the Geneseo Farmers Market and getting them and the community involved with a fall produce share program, part of a partnership between Geneseo’s dining services, Campus Auxiliary Services, and the Good Food Collective,” Smith said.
Each year SUNY Geneseo’s Center for Inquiry, Discovery, and Leadership gives out student ambassador awards in the amount of $5,000 that support student designed projects that are focused on things like service learning, community outreach, and entrepreneurship.
“September will be the big month to challenge people to eat local food, through NOFA-NY’s, (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York), Locavore Challenge that involves a checklist of items that people can complete and enter for a chance to win free prizes, like Once Again Nut Butter, Nunda Mustard, and F. Oliver’s Oil and Vinegars,” Smith said.
Harvest Moon Dinner is a local food dinner that will take place on September 21, at the Free Soil Farm, and will be catered by Papa Jay’s using local fruits, vegetables, and meats.
“My goal is to have 100 people attend from both the college and the community,” Smith said.
For more information about Think Local Geneseo please visit, www.thinklocalgeneseo.wordpress.com.