Campus Chefs Moving Toward a More “Greenhouse Grown” Future

On February 27, members of the local media gathered in the University Commons dining facilities to experience “Greenhouse Grown” culinary creations by chefs from Aramark Food Service. Greenhouse Grown is part of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation New England Food Vision Prize initiative, an effort to encourage area college and university campuses to improve the health, sustainability, and vitality of the region’s food system. Western New England University, Springfield College, and Elms College, in partnership with Aramark and Wellspring Harvest greenhouse, will expand local greenhouse production to meet campus culinary needs year-round, thereby increasing the need for more local food production and enhancing job opportunities in the region. Such local food sourcing will be even more valuable in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.