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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.