Food and Farming week kicks off on Monday, Oct. 1. Events include making bread, a trip to the Earthkeepers "parklet" and a tour of the campus chicken house and edible landscapes. Photo by Lindsey Kolb.

Local Agriculture, Sustainability Highlight Food and Farming Week

Baking bread, a fall harvest and a farm tour are just some of the topics to be covered during the annual Food and Farming Week, Oct. 1-5, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).

Sponsored by the Earthkeepers student club, the event encourages students to learn about farming practices while gaining important information on how to live and farm sustainably.

“Food and Farming week provides EMU students the chance to engage area farmers, enjoy locally grown foods and even learn methods for preserving and preparing foods, skills that will last a lifetime. said Jim Yoder, professor of biology at EMU.

Baking bread — Monday at 6 p.m., Cedarwood, second floor kitchen

Learn the art of making and baking bread from Tara Kishbaugh, associate professor of chemistry. No bread baking experience needed. If you plan on attending, contact Melinda Norris at Bring bread pans and mixing bowls if you have them.

Fall harvest local meal — Tuesday at 5 p.m., Dining Hall

Enjoy a fall harvest meal courtesy of Pioneer Catering and the Sustainable Food Intiative (SFI). The film, “The True Cost of Coal,” will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, presented by the Beehive Collective.

Local Farm Tour — Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., meet outside University Commons (front entrance)

Tour Avalon Acres farm.

Farm life on the quad — Thursday at 6 p.m., Thomas Plaza (in front of Campus Center)

Pay a visit to our campus chickens and take an edible garden tour with SFI.

Earthkeepers “Parklet” — Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, at Northend Greenway

Come see what Harrisonburg would look like if parking spaces were turned into parks.

About Earthkeepers

Earthkeepers’ mission is to act in and around the EMU community to encourage, simplify, and implement environmentally friendly practices, such as recycling, composting, reducing waste, and monitoring water quality in the Harrisonburg area.

Earthkeepers club members also participate in many other events and activities throughout the year, such as hiking trips, field trips, and organizing guest speakers.

For more information on Food and Farming Week, contact EMU students Melinda Norris at, or Josh Kanagy at