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Foodlums Food Club to Inaugurate Campus
Garden Space in Phillips Hall Courtyard May 8

RELEASED: May 3, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — At 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, the Foodlums, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire food club, will hold a ceremony to inaugurate the club's new campus gardens in the Phillips Science Hall Courtyard. Club members have begun turning the courtyard into a productive and inviting agro-ecological space in an effort to promote local foods and cultivate the local community.

The event is also to introduce the club and its efforts to university students, faculty and officials, local business owners, politicians, local media and community members. After a few words from the chancellor, the dean of College of Arts and Sciences and members of the Foodlums, there will be a seed sowing and plant transplanting ceremony, followed by a reception with local foods.

The Foodlums are a new academic and social organization serving both the university and the broader Eau Claire community. It grew out of a "Geography of Food" course taught by Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography. Based on their experiences in the course, the students wanted to expand and act upon what they had been exploring. The club now has more than 30 active members.

The goals of the club are to promote healthy and responsible eating, educate themselves and others about the benefits of local foods, and help raise student and community interest in and awareness of food systems. The Foodlums are working toward sponsoring activities such as public lectures, campus and community events; encouraging creative and realistic alternatives to unsustainable food systems; and creating service learning opportunities in the Eau Claire community.

The food club will staff a table for the month of May at the Eau Claire Farmers' Market. Foodlums members are selling locally produced, composted cow manure at the farmers' market to raise money and promote home-grown food and composting at the Phillips Science Hall courtyard.

For more information about the Foodlums, contact Kaldjian at 715-836-3244 or kaldjian@uwec.edu or Dylan Thomas, student president of the Foodlums, at 507-450-4473 or thomasdp@uwec.edu.

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