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The challenge to Eat Local

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Andrews University set out to feed hundreds a vegetarian meal made of only locally grown food.  Was it a challenge? Not particularly.

The 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 Management Company's "Eat Local Challenge."

All of the ingredients came from within 150 miles of Berrien Springs.

Andrews wanted to get students to start thinking about eating local and to eat healthier.

The university's garden is a way for agriculture students and other students to practice out in the field.

Garth Woodruff, the Student Garden Manager says,  "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."

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

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