Food for Thought

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This spring, the Office of Sustainability is hosting Food For Thought- a campaign to educate students, staff, faculty, and the Gainesville community about sustainable food options and how easy it is to make more environmentally and socially-conscious decisions right in our own backyards. Events hosted by the Office of Sustainability and various campus and community organizations will provide a comprehensive look at the intersections of our food system, with society, economics and the environment. Learn more at sustainable.ufl.edu/food!

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Food for Thought Calendar of Events

Click a month below to view all the month’s events.

February

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Farm to Table Breakfast Kickoff, 7:30-10:00am, Gator Corner
Green Drinks Gainesville, Café C, 6-8pm

Thursday, Feb. 2
Gainesville Area Bee Club Meeting, 7-8pm, UF Entomology Lab

Saturday, Feb. 4
Cash Mob, 8:30am-1pm, Alachua County 441 Farmer’s Market

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Organic Student Gardens and Compost Tour, 4-5:30pm, Gardens on SW 23rd Terrace

Wednesday, Feb. 8
RecycleMania and Upcycling Dinner Party, 5:30-8pm, Fresh Food Company at Broward Dining
Food4Kids Backpack Program Swamp Buffet, 8-10pm, The Swamp Restaurant

Thursday, Feb. 9
Speaker: Elizabeth Wenk, “Understanding the Politics of Food,” 6:30-8pm, Carleton Auditorium
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening, 6:30-8pm, Milhopper Branch Public Library

Friday, Feb. 10
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening, 3-4:30pm, Alachua County Extension Office

Saturday, Feb. 11
Grow Gainesville Seed Library Open House and Kids Craft Day, 1-4pm, Highlands Presbyterian Church 1001 NE 16th Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Campus Green Caffeine, 8-9am, Pugh Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Back to our Roots DIY Series: CAN you do it? – Canning Workshop and 40s Costume Party, 6:30-8pm, Yulee Basement

Friday, Feb. 17
Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show, 9:45am, Alachua County Fairgrounds
Giggle in Gear!’s Mobile Market, 12-4pm, Holly Heights neighborhood
Cook like a pro!, 5:30pm, Holly Heights Center

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Giggle in Gear!’s Mobile Market, 1-4pm, Holly Heights neighborhood

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Back to our Roots DIY Series: Not Your Grandma’s Garden! Gardening in Small Spaces Workshop, 6:30-8pm, Yulee Basement
“Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture” with author A. Whitney Sanford, 7-9pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Thursday, Feb. 23
Fruit Crops for Alachua County, 6:30-8pm, Milhopper Branch Public Library

Friday, Feb. 24
Fruit Crops for Alachua County, 3-4:30pm, Alachua County Extension Office
Cook like a pro!, 5:30pm, Majestic Oaks Center
Local and Regional Wine & Cheese Tasting, 6-8pm, Citizens Co-op
Green Gymnastics Meet vs. Georgia, 7pm, O’Connell Center

Saturday, Feb. 25
Cow 4 Cow Grill Out, 12-4pm, Lake Wauberg

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Giggle in Gear!’s Mobile Market, 1-4pm, Holly Heights neighborhood
Sustainable Seafood Party, 5:30-8pm, Fresh Food Company at Broward Dining

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Film Screening “Vanishing of the Bees,” 6-9pm, Florida Museum of Natural History

March

Thursday, Mar. 1
Gainesville Area Bee Club meeting, 7-8pm, UF Entomology Lab

Friday, Mar 2
Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show, Alachua County Fairgrounds, 3100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville

Saturday, Mar 3
Transition Micanopy Presents: What is Permaculture? 12pm – 4pm, Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Rd 234, Gainesville, FL 32641

Wednesday, Mar. 7
Green Drinks Gainesville, 6-8pmThursday, Mar. 8
Garden Workday at Downtown Farmers Garden
, 9-10am, Downtown Farmers Garden @ Alachua County Administration Bldg. 12 SE 1st StTuesday, Mar. 13
Campus Green Caffeine, 8-9am, Pugh Hall

Wednesday, Mar. 14

Speaker: Richard Heinberg, “The End of Growth,”6-7pm, Pugh Hall OcoraThursday, Mar. 15
Speaker: Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State, 6:15-7:30pm, Carleton Auditorium

Friday, Mar. 16
Green Baseball Game vs. Vanderbilt, 7pm, McKethan Stadium at Perry Field

Saturday, Mar. 17
Great American Cleanup, 8am-1pm, Westside Park
The Gradual Vegetarian Cooking Demo, 10am, Haile Plantation Farmers Market’s Kitchen Corner
Crazy Woman Farm Tour, 2-6pm

Monday, Mar. 19
Cinema Verde’s Eco-Fair, 12-7:30pm, Bo Diddly Downtown Plaza

Tuesday, Mar. 20
Working for Food Justice: A Community Dialogue on Integrating Social Justice and Sustainability from Farm to Table, 6-7pm, Civic Media Center

Friday, Mar. 23
Enthnoecology Farm Tour, 4-6:30pm, Student Agricultural Gardens

Saturday, Mar. 24
Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival, 9am-5pm, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Family Day at the UF Dairy Farm, 9am-2pm, UF’s Dairy Unit
Student Compost Cooperative Open House, 10am-1pm, University of Florida’s Energy Research and Education Park (2610 SW 23rd Ter)

Tuesday, Mar. 27

Back to our Roots DIY Series: Worms in Your Dirt… Ice Cream Social and Composting Workshop, 4-5:30pm, UF Organic Gardens Cooperative on SW 23rd Terrace

Wednesday, Mar. 28
Sustainable Sweets Soiree, 6-8pm, Sarkara Sweets

Thursday, Mar. 29
Speaker: Gerald Nelson, International Food Policy Research Institute, 6-8pm, Carleton Auditorium
Dine in the Dark Party, 5:30-8pm, Fresh Food Company at Broward Dining

March 31st
The Gradual Vegetarian Cooking Demo, 10am, Alachua County Farmers’ Market / 441 Market
Native Pollinator Workshop Series: Brown Bag Lunch in the Garden, 11:30am, Downtown Farmers Garden at the Alachua County Administration Building: 12 SE 1st St. Gainesville, FL

April

Wednesday, April 4
The Gradual Vegetarian Cooking Demo, 4-5pm, Bo Diddly Community Plaza
Green Drinks Gainesville, 6-8pm

Thursday, April 5
Gainesville Area Bee Club meeting, 7-8pm, UF Entomology Lab

Friday, April 6
Campus Earth Day Celebration, Farmers Market and Fair, 10am-2pm, Reitz Union North Lawn

Tuesday, April 10

Downtown Farmers Garden Open House and Spring Fling, 4-6pm
Food Justice Virtual Chat – Bob Gottlieb, 9-10am, UF Campus

Wednesday, April 11
Farmers Market Walkover, 4pm, Tigert Hall and Bo Diddley Plaza

Thursday, April 12


Speaker: Damian Parr, “Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Food Systems Leaders: Curricula and Program Development in Higher Education,” 6:30-8pm, Carleton Auditorium

Thursday, April 19
Garden Workday at Downtown Farmers Garden, 9-10am, Downtown Farmers Garden @ Alachua County Administration Bldg. 12 SE 1st St

Sunday, April 22 – EARTH DAY!
Tour de Farm, 12-5pm, St. Augustine/Jacksonville

Wednesday, April 25

Office of Sustainability Hazardous Waste Collection – Click link for times & drop off locations

Thursday, April 26

Earth Day Local Food Cook-off, 5:30-8pm, Fresh Food Company at Broward Dining