AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students, faculty and visitors took time from their Thursday afternoon to check out UT’s very first farmer’s market.
It was all part of a student lead project that had been planning to host this event since the fall semester of 2015. It was worth the wait as more than 50 people were waiting in line to purchase goods at any given time.
The goal of this event was to give students, faculty and even visitors access to fresh, local, and environmentally friendly food. However, it was also an educational event to generate interest in local, sustainable produce.
“In this area on UT campus, there’s not a whole lot of access to fresh produce and fresh products,” says Neil Kaufman, the Sustainability Coordinator with UT Housing and Food Services. “So we’re able to offer that to the students at a reasonable price so that’s kind of our goal.”
In addition to promoting healthy and sustainable food, the event also brought awareness to the not-so-great chemicals that are typically used on produce.
“I’m a psychology major and we’ve researched a lot on how pesticides can affect children especially, and just the process of growing it can be damaging to the environment and to others around the plot that it’s affecting,” says UT graduate, Wesley Braden. “I think more and more people are becoming aware of the impacts of these kind of things.”
This is only the beginning of this unique project. There four more farm stand events scheduled over the coming months on campus.
- March 31, 2016 – East Mall, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- April 13, 2016 – West Mall, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- April 27, 2016 – West Mall, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- 4th: To be announced