Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-05

The Samford University Student Dietetic Association will sponsor an on-campus Farmer’s Market Thursday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Ben Brown Plaza.

Produce from Jones Valley Urban Farm and other local farmers will be available.  Many of the vendors supply fresh vegetables that are used in the Samford cafeteria.

The purpose of the event, says dietetic association faculty advisor Dr. Pat Terry, is to spotlight local farmers and promote sustainable and community supported agriculture.

“This is one way to fight the obesity crisis in our country: to make fresh, local produce and natural products available to everyone,” said Terry.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the dietetic association and the Samford Film Club will co-sponsor a screening of the documentary, “Food, Inc.,” at 7 p.m. in the Christenberry Planetarium in Propst Hall.  The film examines corporate farming in the U.S. The showing will also include remarks by Terry and Samford chef Chris Vizzina.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.