Chew on this!
Food is central to life at Sterling College. Not only does it feed our community, it’s also part of our curriculum and our commitment to sustainability. You won’t find a food court on campus or t.v. dinners in the freezer. Sterling College manages its own food system from seed to compost. All students put in one week of dish duty each semester, plus students cook right alongside our professional chefs to create Sterling’s amazing farm-to-table meals.
Whether we’re eating it, cooking it, planting it, or studying it, we constantly look for ways to make our campus food system greener, better, smarter, and, of course, tastier.
Sterling College has the country’s top college food system according to The Real Food Challenge, a nationwide initiative to make campus food more local, healthful, and sustainable.
We grow 20 percent of our own food using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
Sterling College sources 54% of our food locally, either from large farms within a 150-mile radius or from small farms within 250 miles.
#1 in the Nation for Real Food
For the second year in a row, Sterling College ranked as the #1 campus food system IN THE NATION in The Real Food Challenge. Curious what we mean by ‘real food?’ The diagram below helps to illustrate how the Real Food Challenge is calculated. Sterling College weighed in with 76% real food and the next closest competitor had only 34%! Our unique food system is leaps and bounds beyond every school in America and we are still working tirelessly to find ways to improve it. Want to help us? Come study Sustainable Food Systems and you can!
The Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Sterling’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems serves as a locus for programs and national discussions about sustainable farming and food in America. The center has more than 130 acres of farm and gardens, an edible forest garden, the Alfond Draft Horse Barn, hoop houses, and a sugarhouse and sugarbush for maple syrup production.
The Sustainable Sterling Menu
When you fill your plate at Sterling College, you won’t be greeted with the same-old, same-old. Each week the kitchen designs a new menu based on the seasonal and local availability of ingredients. This revolutionary approach to menu design not only keeps our student cooks on their toes, it is the most sustainable way to support local economies and decrease our carbon “foodprint” when sourcing and ordering products.
Are you vegan? Paleo? Gluten-free? Dairy-intolerant?
Food inclusivity is a passion at Sterling. The Sterling Kitchen works to accommodate the dietary needs and preferences for all community members. We view this as a challenge and a joy, because we want everyone in our community to be happy and well nourished.
The Sterling Kitchen’s offerings are so consistently delicious, nutritious and beautiful that we have an Instagram feed dedicated to it!