|Submission Date||July 18, 2017|
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Fresh is the name of the game. Menus are written based on the seasonality and availability of regional product, meaning food offerings are varied and rotate often. Whenever possible, Pearson's partners with local farms, artisans and Maine companies to procure produce that is grown using sustainable and organic practices, which includes the vegetables that come from our own Pearson's Town Farm. In order to preserve the quality of these premium products, fruits and vegetables are prepared at the last possible minute and served in the smallest possible batches.
We take the same approach to our protein options, too. Chicken, beef and pork is purchased free of antibiotics and added growth hormones. In adherence with the guidelines recommended by the Maine Stewardship Council, our tuna is dolphin-safe and water-packed, salmon is wild-caught, and seafood is purchased fresh as available. All our milk products are purchased free of any artificial growth hormones.
In the Pearson's kitchen, chemically-preserved, prepared food is not the way. Our mashed potatoes are never from a box, we use only freshly squeezed lemon juice for cooking. Our “from-scratch” mantra comes into play whenever possible: salsas, pizza, marinara, and other sauces are made by hand; stocks are prepared in-house; most salad dressings are homemade; and cookies, muffins, and breads are baked fresh daily. The use of MSG, additives and preservatives is never allowed in the preparation of our foods.
The campus farm "Pearson's Cafe" is operated by Sustainable Enterprises. The farm consists of two full time employees and the balance of labor is made up from the following;
Students in paid positions
Requirement for all students to participate between 2-4 hours in core class "Environmental Science"
Produce and animal proteins are transferred to the cafe each week.
As menus are written weekly, the cafe will take whatever is available from eh farm and incorporate it into the weekly menu.
During the summer months the Farm runs a farmers market open 7 days a week along with a CSA program available to Faculty, Staff and the Public.
The CSA sells 3 different size shares with two of the shares incorporating farm proteins..
Our Vegan offerings are plentiful everyday. We make sure that a lot of our side dishes are vegan especially vegetables and starches. We also offer a vegan pasta sauce everyday, an entree and a rotating soup from vegetarian to vegan. We have at least 4 vegan house made salad dressings daily. Because of our from scratch philosophy vegans have plenty to choose from whilst dining at Pearson's Cafe.
The Eco reps on campus have coordinated a Meatless Monday campaign.
One of the classes on campus has hosted a clean plate campaign, demonstrating the importance of not taking more food than you can eat!!
Every year we host a Sustainability Festival for the greater community. During this time frame we serve an "All Local Lunch" . The menu is made up from only local vendors. Some of the local vendors, farmers and artisans come to campus to man a booth and talk about their product.
We offer an extensive labeling program.
We also operate a food pantry. At the food pantry we have offered cooking classes to our clients and healthy education programs.
We have also demonstrated the use of Kelp in recipes and the benefit this can bring, Healthy and Sustainability wise.
We have visited the Gulf of Maine reach outlet to understand best fishing practices so we can interpret what is sustainable.
Mark Green one of our professors is actively teaching students about Aquaponics and we serve the lettuce in the cafe from his classroom.
The health and wellness program on campus runs a series of programs around dining related topics such as;
How to eat healthy around the Holidays
Know where you fish comes from
Essential Oils for your body
We also bring in various vendors to demonstrate new sustainable products. Such as frozen yogurt, Kelp smoothies etc
The kitchen actively weighs its waste. Keeping track of Pre-Consumer and Post-Consumer waste. All food waste from the dining services is then composted and also tracked again.
Our trayless program started in August of 2007. I believe we were the first college to go completely trayless dining.
The year before we did a trayless day of dining and monitored the results. It was about 25% less waste on the trayless days. Basically we just implemented the program upon return. The biggest complaints came from faculty and staff but after one week it was all good!!
We have a food salvaging program in place. Each meal period leftover food is salvaged from the hot line and placed in metal, oven proof containers. These meals are portioned individually and frozen. The meals are transported to Catherine's Cupboard our own Food Pantry once a week where they are given out along with other items.
We recycle all our oils used for cooking to a Bio-Diesel company
All food food from all dining service operations is composted.
There are also compost statioins around campus in hiogh retail food areas
All of our pre-consumer waste from the kitchen gets transported to Pearson Town Farm. The farm is owned and operated by the College and we have been composting for 5 years. Currently, our compost facility is off line and compost is being collected from by Garbage to Garden a local Composting company
Students are encourage to scape their plates in front of the dish return including their paper napkin. The dish washing crew will also scrape plates from the other side for those that chose not to. All of this postconsumer waste goes to Perason Town Farm
For large events we have been using NO disposable or compostable material for plates or cutlery. We are then composting all food waste and napkins.
The board plan offers a TO-GO program where the student purchases a reusable container for $5.00. This container can be used at any meal period for a swipe of their meal card. When they bring back the container dirty we replace it with a clean one. This is the only TO-GO option we offer. We do not allow any other form of take out f
Any reusable mug can be refilled at our discounted rate which saves 25 cents on a beverage.
The Eco reps on campus introduced Terracycle. This is an outlet for candy wrappers, shampoo bottles, plastic bags, disposable gloves, chip packets, tooth paste tubes etc.
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