I am very sure you are wondering, what in the world that can even mean? Well, here at Calvin College we are always looking for ways to be more sustainable, and Mad Farmer's Food Festival (MFFF) is one of the many ways in which Calvin College achieves its goal. We here at Calvin are so serious about sustainability we even have a 10-page Statement on Sustainability!
Anyway, this year I had the honor of being on the planning team who put MFFF together alongside two other Sustainability Coordinators and the Sustainability Intern. MFFF is an opportunity for people to gather and have workshops about ways to be more sustainable - especially locally, while enjoying food from local farms. For example, I attended a workshop that taught me about house plants: which plants are indoor plants, how to take care of them and keep them healthy, and the benefits of having them. We also got to plant wheatgrass in cute mason jars!
The event also included a talk on local foods from Jaye Beeler, a mother, journalist, author and cook, who ultimately convinced us to buy only fresh eggs. We did also discuss the cost of buying food from local farmers, but she was able to also convince us it was worth every penny!
The day ended with several giveaways and food from Marie Catrib's, Brickroad Pizza and Fresh Thyme. Also, a live band of Calvin student's called the LAMP, which exceeded all my expectations - they were so good!
Calvin also has a lot of opportunities to get involved with sustainability. If you wanna know more, you can check this list: https://www.calvin.edu/studentlife/opportunities/sustainability/