Here’s a review of Socio-Cultural night on 9/19, in case you missed it:

The evening started with a vegan meal (including chocolate cake!) and a panel discussion led by…

L-R: Douglas Anderson, Michele Jordon, Michelle Molloy, Amber Coon

  • Michelle Molloy, a graduate landscape architecture student at SUNY-ESF studying food systems. Molloy worked this summer as a community geography research assistant, researching disparity in access to fresh produce in Syracuse and studying food justice issues; she spoke about this research. 
  • Michele Jordan, coordinator of the Interreligious Food Consortium of CNY, talked about what the IFC is doing in regard to food justice issues, and how students can get involved.
  • Douglas Anderson, regional director for Church World Service and director of CROP Walk for this region, spoke about the CROP Walk and global hunger. CROP walk has been adopted as a next project by the SU students involved with the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge.
  • Amber Coon, SUNY-ESF student and member of the Syracuse Animal Rights Organization, discussed how vegan/vegetarian eating contributes to solving the local and global food shortage.

Panelists fielded a few questions before participants moved to smaller discussion groups. By far, the SU-ESF Coop discussion group and Local Disparity in Fresh Food discussion group attracted the most attention. Here are some of the things participants mentioned:


 Missing fresh foods & vegs || Community Access-not elite! || Detroit’s 15 suburbs work || Flatbrush–working membership (Brooklyn) || Landscape architecture/food isses || Student-generating; Marshall Hall available || Wonderful produce students miss if they don’t have a car || Accessibility & affordability || Connections:  Food studies (ideas, inspiration) || Community space || The pact of food || Political/Social meetings || Eat all || Nearly/local gardeners || City caters med || Green jobs || Urban sprawl doesn’t grow anything || Farmer’s Markets || Healthy food || Transportation || Role model; think about the differences || Students have poor options || Trayless Tuesdays at dining centers || Plates of food waste; show in a study ||


Fresh food through food stamps at farmer’s markets || Without a car, getting fresh food can take 3 hours from SU on a bus || Education:  how to cook fresh/local foods || Availability & accessibility || Local fresh vegetables vs. organic, grown far away || Educating kids at school || Word of mouth || Watering seeds for change

Participants (and others), feel free to use this space to expound on your ideas from Socio-Cultural night.

Anyone curious about SU’s Healthy Monday program, mentioned last night, can check it out here. See you for next week, Ecological!


4 Comments on “Socio-Cultural”

  1. Gail Riina says:

    It seems like there is a great deal of interest in a university based food co-op. In addition to the strong team of students already working on it, we collected about 15 other names of people interested. It is exciting. We should explore all options for a strong establishment – People’s Place coffee shop is very succcessful – could the co-op follow the same model? What about an academic connection? What about connections to local farmers markets and/or with the co-op on Kensington Road that is looking to move.

  2. Caroline says:

    A note that appeared on our big notepad: The Indian Bazaar offers a free taxi service; perhaps impoverished residents could use this service to experience Indian vegetables, as well as have access to Tops, nearby.

  3. Oberlin College in Ohio has an excellent Co-Op system. It requires a great deal of work initially but the system benefits many people the university and surrounding area. I can provide some people to contact if necessary. Here is OSCA’s (Oberlin Student Cooperative Association) website:

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