IAIA to Participate in National Food Day

Oct 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will be celebrating food by partaking in the national Food Day on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Events at the institute will be held at the Dance Circle on IAIA’s main campus.

Food Day is a national event, which the Center for Science in the Public Interest developed to encourage people to make healthy changes in their diets—and to increase awareness of food-related issues in local communities, including hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to improve food policies and build a stronger, more united movement for greater food awareness.


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Every year, Food Day is celebrated with events all across the country. IAIA is one of hundreds of colleges that will participate in the event, engaging thousands of students, dining hall workers, faculty, and campus leaders. The traditional focus of Food Day on college campuses around the United States is the dining hall/cafeteria. Accordingly, IAIA’s Bon Appetit Café offers locally-sourced food featuring an abundant selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grain, and protein-rich foods, including vegetarian and vegan offerings.


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Attendees will be able to learn how to grow food from Santa Fe Master Gardeners, preserve food from ICan and the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and improve their diet with Indigenous methods from the Pueblo Food Project. The IAIA library will be setting up a table of cookbooks and web links. The Bon Appetit Café will be demonstrating how to cook healthy meals in a microwave oven. Other participating organizations include the Food Policy Council, and Innovative Organic Solutions.


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Moreover, the IAIA Center for Lifelong Education staff will be offering continuing education classes, greenhouse and garden tours, a pumpkin-carving station, and a kids’ corn maze. The center will also host continuing education workshops, including a session on Food as Medicine with demonstrations from IAIA distance education director Stephen Fadden (Saint Regis Mohawk). Fadden will teach how to make his famous Mohawk healing dip and discuss the medicinal properties of traditional whole foods.

The focus of this year’s national Food Day is on eating a greener diet. The initiative aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of eating less meat, enjoying more whole plant-based foods as a way to become healthier, and helping animals and the environment.

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