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Eat Local Challenge supplies meals at Andrews University

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They set out to feed hundreds a vegetarian meal made of only locally grown food.  They called it challenge but it turned out it wasn't that difficult for them.

Andrews University was able to supply a large amount of produce themselves because they have a very large student-run garden on campus including 80 acres of grapes and 7-10 acres of fruits and vegetables.

It was all part of Bon Appetit Managment Company's "Eat Local Challenge."  All of the ingredients came from within 150 miles of Berrien Springs.

This is the third year Andrews is doing this as a way to get students to start thinking about eating local.  The university's garden is a way for agriculture students and other students to practice out in the field. 

"I think it's very eye opening. Not a lot of people even realize we have a farm here. But the trend toward locally grown, the trend toward low carb and the trend toward organic and sustainable, all of those things, I think, are becoming more aware in the community as well as on campus. And because of that, there's demand for that and drive for that," said Student Garden Manager Garth Woodruff. 

Any money made by the gardens go back into the student's education.

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