College and Community Life
Local food education is critical for the success of any farm-to-college system. Our local foods initiative is intimately tied to the larger educational mission of the college, as expressed through the curricular, co-curricular, and the residential life at Kenyon. As an institution, Kenyon has integrated a great deal of local foods education into our academic curriculum. Ten percent of our faculty teach courses in nearly every academic department dealing with food, agriculture, or rural life. During the summer, the college runs a joint program with the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), in which students spend ten weeks interning on a sustainable farm and receive a certificate in ecological agriculture from OEFFA. One of the largest student organizations on campus, People Endorsing Agrarian Sustainability (PEAS), spreads local food awareness throughout the student body and provides a link between Kenyon students and members of the surrounding agricultural community. Theme-housing options surrounding the common interest in local foods are also now available to Kenyon students. In addition to the enthusiastic interest and support from the student body, we are quite fortunate that our local food system has the ongoing, active support of the college’s senior administration and the board of trustees.