“I am thrilled to be a part of the solution to our troubled food system,” said Benjamin Newcomb, chef manager at Marlboro through Metz Culinary Management. On April 15, Benjamin and Marlboro President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, joining more than 100 colleges and universities across the country.“The Real Food Challenge permits us to create a fair, sustainable food culture that celebrates the student, the local farmer, and the best of what New England agriculture has to offer—farm to table.” The signing of the commitment was followed by a community dinner of mostly regional or ecologically sound foods, part of Marlboro’s events leading up to Earth Day.
“The garden and greenhouse are spaces of experimentation to relearn essential human skills—i.e. how to grow food,” said a recent article in College Planning & Management, referring to Marlboro College’s “farm.” “The students build knowledge by building community, while decreasing dependency on industrial agriculture.”
The article on Marlboro was included as part of a regular column on “Outdoor Learning Spaces” in CP&M, a magazine providing planning solutions for colleges and universities across the country, with more than 30,000 subscribers. “The space lives on and adapts to the current needs and interests of the community,” concludes the article. “New challenges create new opportunities for knowledge experimentation.