Pies for People: Local food and collaborative efforts feed a community

News Release — Sterling College
Nov. 15, 2013

Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College
802.586.7711 x164 • [email protected]

November 15, 2013—Craftsbury Common, VT— This week, volunteers will be turning food that was originally destined for compost into delicious pies. Pies for People, a grassroots event organized by Sterling College, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Center for an Agricultural Economy, and the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, will be taking surplus squash purée and donated local food to make into 180 pies which will then be donated across the community.

Volunteers from the Hardwick area will meet up at the Sterling College kitchen and turn donated ingredients from High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete’s Greens, Cabot Creamery, and King Arthur Flour into healthful pies. These pies are for people in need for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

“This project is a collaborative effort to provide members of our community in need with food that’s locally grown,” said Sarah Waring, the Executive Director for the Center for an Agricultural Economy. “It relies on all of us working together, and we can’t say enough about the partners who have been involved with the work in 2013.”

“Pies for the People was an early dream based on the need to find a home for squash pulp left over from our seed harvest,” said Tom Stearns, owner of High Mowing Organic Seeds. “We are happy to work with our partners to keep it going and fulfill our mission of supporting healthy, vibrant communities.”

“Bake Night” will happen on Wednesday, November 20, and Saturday, November 23, at Dunbar Hall, on the Sterling College campus. People interested in participating should contact Julian Sharp at [email protected]

About Sterling College
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Food Systems, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.

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