RS2014: What Exactly is a “Regenerative Food System”?
Posted April 04, 2014 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
The 2014 Revisioning Sustainability Conference, (or RS2014) is a 4-day immersive educational experience at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The focus of RS2014 is going “beyond sustainability” discuss the benefits of incorporating “regenerative” practices into food systems at campuses across the nation. Running from June 22nd to the 25th, RS2014 is geared toward faculty, sustainability and dining staff, and students interested in improving their campus food systems.
Posted March 11, 2014 in Sustainability by Molly Bajgot, Student Auxiliary Sustainability Coordinator
Trash Fish. They’re the fish you don’t usually meet: the Dog Fish, the Yellowtail Rockfish, the Sand Dab…Also known as Rough Fish, these fish species are more populated (sometimes invasive!) but just as delicious as better-known species.Good news: UMass already sources all third-party certified fish in the DC’s. However, even these sustainably caught fish species come from distant places such as Salmon wild-caught from Alaska. By purchasing Trash Fish, fisheries are given a market for catch that they traditionally throw back into the ocean.
Spring is just around the corner and what a better way to start it off by planting an indoor herb garden. You’re probably thinking to yourself “how do I plant an indoor herb garden when I live in a college dorm room”? No worries!
Posted February 26, 2014 in Nutrition by Katie Cole,
Personal opinions aside, we know this is a highly controversial topic in foodservice. So we were wondering.. What’s the deal with GMOs?What are GMOs?You may have heard of a genetically modified organism (GMO) or maybe you’ve seen the Non-GMO stamp of approval on food products in the grocery store but what are GMOs and what is the story behind them?DefinitionA genetically modified organism (GMO) has undergone a transfer or removal of genes from one organism to another altering the DNA of that organism.
Posted January 26, 2014 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
Agroforestry is an ecological approach to farming that incorporates trees as a central element of an agricultural system. Agroforestry pays close attention to the ecology of a landscape, or the relationship between different species. The idea is that by adding trees to an ecosystem the environmental, social, and economic value of that ecosystem will be improved.
Re-defining the Garden Weed: The Dynamic Accumulator
Posted January 13, 2014 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
Weeds get a lot of negative press, but once you’ve heard about dynamic accumulators you’ll be open to using weeds as an active and functional part of your garden. There are hundreds of weeds out there that don’t deserve the harsh treatment we’ve so commonly given them. In fact an area of land with a lot of weeds usually is an indicator of soil health, and nitrogen richness which many of the fruits and veggies we eat need to thrive.
Posted December 20, 2013 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
With the arrival of a cold, white, snowy winter, we at UMass Permaculture can’t help but think about the prospects of a green spring thaw! We’re brimming with anticipation for our most exciting event of the spring, the 2014 Revisioning Sustainability Conference.
Green Walls: A Multifunctional Urban Gardening Technique
Posted November 28, 2013 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
Vertical gardening has picked up a lot of speed in urban agricultural movements in recent years, and people are beginning to develop these structures more readily. The reason for this could be because of the obvious benefits that a green wall, or vertical garden brings to an urban area. The title Green Wall does an apt job of describing what a green wall actually is: a vertical surface (aka a wall) with vegetation growing up it. Think of your average city with plants not only growing out of windows but on the walls themselves.
Posted October 07, 2013 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
A rapidly growing trend in modern agriculture is a method of growing called hydroponics. The utilization and research of hydroponically grown food with has an extensive history, however recently it has been proposed as a solution to the downfalls of modern monoculture farming and as a way to improve our overall food systems. Hydroponic Vegetables are grown without soil in a water-based system that utilizes a mineral nutrient solution.
Posted August 29, 2013 in Sustainability by Gifford Delle, Student
Preservation of fruits and vegetables has its deep roots in human history. From the days of the Romans who dried their dates and figs through adding heat in a smoking process to the salt used to preserve meat and vegetables, crucial in making the several month long journey across the Atlantic during the founding of the New World. Pickling has been around for probably around 4,000 years with its origins in India and the Tigris Valley where cucumbers were first pickled. Food preservation has long been a favored way to store our food, but why?