February 2010, Volume 14, Number 1

Features

Organic produce comes to Wolfson

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The soaring prices of organic produce in local supermarkets have motivated the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and the Center for Community Involvement (CCI) to do what Miami Dade College does best, address a need in the community while cultivating another opportunity for education through service learning.

The departments have launched an organic produce purchasing club called Community Rooted Organic Produce Service (CROPS) on the Wolfson Campus.

The club, comprised of students, faculty, administration and staff, is a paid membership with individuals purchasing full or half shares. Every two weeks, CROPS provides fresh, organic fruits and vegetables purchased from local farmers to its members.

CROPS student interns oversee the CROPS newsletter and work every delivery day with EEI and CCI staff, while students who are involved in service learning write articles for the CROPS newsletter, divide the produce ordered and help when members pick-up shares. The newsletter features detailed articles on how food is raised, harvested, altered, transported and marketed. It also features recipes on how to cook and/or prepare the produce provided that week.

"Once we work out the kinks and interest more faculty and staff in identifying more service-learning projects and participants, we plan to expand it to all our MDC campuses," said Colleen Ahern-Hettich, director of EEI.

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