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UMD Food Day

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Cost: Free for faculty, staff, students and public

What is Food Day?
Food day is: Healthy + Sustainable + Affordable + Fair

Food Day Goals

  • Food day works to promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Strategic Plan Goal 5: Strengthen ties with Duluth and surrounding communities in an intentional, visible, and mutually beneficial partnership.

For questions, contact: Rachel Gilbertson,, 726-6753

Food Day Events

Food Day Fair- October 22

9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Kirby Student Center 1st floor Hallway
Interested in learning more about Local and Healthy Food?  Stop by to see what’s happening on campus and in our community!

There will be multiple booths throughout the first floor of Kirby Student Center that will include:

  • Office of Sustainability
  • Dining Services
  • UMD Health Education Student Projects
  • UMD Employee Wellness Program/Health Coaching
  • UMD Farm
  • Gluten Free Options at UMD
  • At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe
  • Whole Foods Co-Op
  • HERO (Health Education Resource Options)
  • ESG (Eta Sigma Gamma)
  • UMD Continuing Education Sustainable Food Systems Certification

“Food for Thought” Talks - speakers will be talking about different health and/or nutrition topics
Kirby Lounge

  • 10:00   Food at UMD Dining Services

    Lino Cardoso (UMD Food and Vending Services Director) will present on UMD
    Dining Services sustainability practices.  Lino will highlight the benefits
    of buying local for the community and for the thousands of patrons UMD
    feeds daily.

  • 10:20   Students-Spirituality and Food

    Nahom Abegaze and Jeffrey Pollari (Students Seeking Spirituality) will talk
    about the variety of reasons for pursuing a campus edible garden.  The
    group was able to gain experience in sustainable agriculture practices,
    while also helping to alleviate food insecurity in the community and build
    a rapport with our planet Earth.

  • 10:40   Farm Beginnings: Training New Farmers

    Cree Bradley (Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association) will present
    on the importance of beginning farmer trainings for our region in response
    to the increased food demand.  Cree will also discuss the important topics
    far beginning farmers, the impact the farmer training has made to date, and
    upcoming opportunities (Farm Beginnings and Farm Dreams Workshop).

  • 11:00   Eating Healthy on a Budget

    Shannon Szymkowiak (Whole Foods Co-op) will discuss healthy eating on a
    budget - Can it be done?  Shannon will highlight some misconceptions of the
    cost of nutritious food, talk about why nutritious food tends to cost more
    and examine the social/cultural barriers of food choices.

  • 11:20  Food as Preventative Medicine

    Jean Rodvold, UMD Food Coach, will discuss how nutrition plays an essential role in the prevention of chronic diseases.  Jean will present on the nutrition initiatives and programs at UMD.

  • 11:40   Local Food at UMD and in Duluth - Randel Hanson and Liz Johnson

    Randel Hanson and Liz Johnson of the Good Food Network will discuss how
    this network of regional food system organizations is using the Good Food
    Charter (expressing values of a community food system) and the Superior
    Compact (a 20% by 2020 local purchasing commitment) to help build a more
    robust regional food system that creates healthier people, communities and

  • 12:00   The Business of Local Food

    Tom Hanson (Owner of the Duluth Grill) will speak about his experience
    managing a restaurant focused on sourcing locally, and how that decision
    has impacted his bottom line and the health of the community.

Champs Choice kick-off & Fresh Works Grand Opening
Beginning Monday, October 22
Plaza Food Court

Champs Choice kick-off begins Monday, October 22.  Champ will once again be assisting faculty, staff, and students with making healthy food choices.  You will be able to find these selections by looking for Champ's paw print.  Make sure to stop by the Food Fair in Kirby Student Center on Monday the 22nd.  You can pick up a coupon for a free local apple to accompany your meal in the Food Court. Healthy options will be highlighted on the menu in Daily Special and Center Court Restaurant during Food Week.

Fresh Works, the new salad bar also will be highlighted next week.  If you haven't already done so, come and check it out in the Food Court.  You can fill your bowl with tasty greens and several veggie, protein, and dressing options to top off your salad.

Employee Health and Wellness Center Open House- October 22
12:00-2:00 PM, 107 Kirby Student Center

Learn the different services offered by the Employee Health and Wellness Center.  Meet the wonderful staff who can help you live a healthier life.  There will be the Medication Therapy Management Clinic, Quick Care Clinic, UPlan Health Coaching, and the UMD Employee Wellness Program.  There will be drawings for prizes and healthy and nutritious refreshments! 

Drawing Prizes:
(2) Water Tumbler cups with straws
(2) Lunch-to-go Salad Containers
(3) Chico UMD Bags
(3) UMD T-Shirts (med, Lg, XL...but participants can exchange for different size)
(5) UMD Cookbooks

Sustainability Tour- October 22, 2:15-3:15 PM, Bus Hub

Come join us for a sustainability tour around campus!  Make sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking!  If you have any questions or would like more information please visit the sustainability website:

UMD's Food Day Duluth Proclamation, October 24, 11:30 AM

Duluth Mayor Don Ness will present UMD's Food Day Duluth Proclamation in front
of Fresh Works Salad bar.

Breakfast on the Run Cooking Demo- October 24
11:30 AM & 12:30 PM, College of St. Scholastica, Heritage Room in Greenview

Come and learn how to prepare simple, healthy meals.  Today’s meal we will whip up a fast and easy healthy breakfast. To reserve your spot please email Julie Zaruba Fountaine at

Viewing of FRESH THE MOVIE Part 1 on October 23, & Part 2 on October 24
12:00-12:45 PM, Garden Room

FRESH THE MOVIE is a documentary which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across American who are re-inventing our food system.  Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity.  Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. 

At Sara’s Table Cafe, Farm to Table Dinner- October 24
5:00-6:30 PM, 1902 East 8th Street, Duluth

At Sara’s Table Café will be serving farm fresh foods, "Farm to Table Dinner" in celebration of Food Day!  It will be served by candlelight and will be complimented with live acoustic music and unique spritzers made from cider pressed from apples grown at the café! Dinner - $40 per person. Reservation in advance is helpful so they can order enough food from the farm. There are 20 seats available. RSVP to · 218-724-6811.

Dr. Kuross Talk on Cancer and Nutrition- October 24
7:00-8:00 PM, Kirby Ballroom

Dr. Steven A Kuross, MD has 26 years of medical experience and practices in Hematology and Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.  He practices at Essentia Health and will talk about the importance of nutrition as it relates to cancer treatment and prevention.

Raw and Rockin’ Cooking Demo- October 25
11:30 AM & 12:30 PM, College of St. Scholastica, Heritage Room in Greenview

Have you ever had a raw dessert?  Come and learn how to prepare a delicious dessert that is wheat, dairy, sugar, and egg. To reserve your spot please email Julie Zaruba Fountaine at

Don’t Miss the Meat Cooking Demo- October 26
11:30 AM & 12:30 PM, College of St. Scholastica, Heritage Room in Greenview

A meat free meal that is high in protein and fiber and low in fat!  It is cheap and very easy to prepare.  You can’t beat that!  To reserve your spot please email Julie Zaruba Fountaine at

Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular- October 25-28
6:00-9:00 PM, Glensheen

Please join us at Glensheen as we start carving hundreds of pumpkins for Glensheen’s 2nd Annual Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular.  Glensheen’s Jack O’ Lantern Spooktacular is a display of artistry in which pumpkins are the canvas.  Artists, students, and community members team up to create more than 600 Jack O’ Lanterns to illuminate Glensheen’s seven-acres of Lake Superior shoreline, casting the 104-year-old mansion in a light never seen before.  The event will be held on Glensheen’s grounds and does not include a tour. Trick-or-treating is not offered at the Spooktacular.  Price: $8-$20.  For more information call 218-726-8910.

Past Food Day Events

UMD Seedling Trial Orchard-Apple Expo- September 29
1:00-4:00 PM, UMD Farm
The kick off to the Food Day events!  Come take part in the Fall Orchard Tasting and spend the afternoon picking and tasting all of the apple varieties from the Heritage Orchard.  This will be held at the UMD Farm Research and Field Studies Center, free to the public.  An RSVP would be appreciated: 

Fresh Foods Workshop- Every Monday Starting October 1
10:00-11:30 AM, Garden Room
Fun Recipes for Eating Sustainable and Healthy Foods.  Learn how to be creative in snacking in your dorm or apartment!  The workshop will use colorful fruits and veggies from our “FRESH Foods” garden on the UMD campus.  All recipes are designed for dorm room cooking.  Please RSVP by emailing

Apple Cidering: The Old Fashioned Way- October 8
5:00-7:30 PM, Bagley Nature Area Rock Pond Kiosk
It’s fall and apples are ripe for the picking!  Come learn about apples and their history.  We will then make homemade apple cider using a hand-crank cider press. Please register by: Noon, October 5.  Also, please bring a mug for cider.  The cost is $3 for UMD students/$7 other.

St. Louis County Health & Human Service Conference- October 8, October 9
All Day, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC)
The conference draws together 2,000 health and human service practitioners and 130 exhibitors from the public and private sectors for two days of training and networking.  The conference includes 105 workshops, 19 institutes, and 130 exhibits.  Registration fee is $50.  Students and seniors are $40, whether you attend one or both days.  For more information visit

Root Vegetable Cooking Demonstration- October 9
12:00-12:45 PM, SpHC 119
Learn how to incorporate common and not-so-common root vegetables into your diet!  Soup, dessert and recipes will be shared.

Food Panel Discussion- October 9
6:00-7:30 PM, Marshall Professional Building (1301 Rice Lake Road, Duluth)
This panel will share how they successfully have made dietary changes for general health, weight loss, sensitivities, etc.  Navigating daily food life and food on the go.  Bring your challenges and successes to share!  For more information call Judy at 651-231-1371.

Julie Bellehumeur- October 20
1:00-3:00 PM, Marshall Professional Building (1301 Rice Lake Road, Duluth)
Julie brings her specialties in helping families and individuals with the many challenges of adjusting to healthier eating patterns so they can make the changes with greater ease and success.

Do any of these statements resonate with you?

  • Eating healthy is REALLY hard!
  • What can I do to make moving towards healthier eating easier?
  • I need good tasting healthy recipes I will enjoy? What about my kids?
  • My kids don’t WANT to eat the healthy foods I give them.
  • I’m on a budget and can’t afford healthy food.

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