Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, second from right, is presented the Campbellsville University Leadership Award by, from left: Dr. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president for CU; university President Michael V. Carter; and Dr. Joseph Owens, chairperson of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees. (Campbellsville University photo by Drew Tucker)
Comer welcomes Campbellsville University to Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University and Kentucky farmers alike will benefit from CU’s entrance into the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus program, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said.
“By joining the Farm to Campus program, Campbellsville University is making more local food available for students, faculty, and staff,” Commissioner Comer said in a ceremony during a meeting of the CU Board of Trustees in the Chowning Executive Dining Room. “At the same time, you are helping Kentucky family farmers and small businesses make a living. On behalf of all Kentucky farmers, thank you, CU, for being a part of the Farm to Campus program.”
"Campbellsville University is very pleased to participate in the Farm to Campus program,” CU President Michael V. Carter said. “This builds on CU's support of our local community and region and our commitment to help enhance economic opportunity for all sectors of the economy, including agriculture. We have been using local farm products in our Winters Dining Hall for a number of years, and this initiative will expand that in the years to come.”
“Our students come to us from many corners and countries of the world. As we create and serve menus that include these global influences, we know how important it is to purchase products that are local and regional,” said Tim Wolters, vice president for operations of Pioneer College Caterers, CU’s foodservice vendor. “We are proud to support Kentucky farms and manufacturers. Our efforts with the Kentucky Proud program mean that we are serving fresh, high-quality products that impact the local economy as well as the health and wellness of the guests that we serve.”
"We are excited about the Kentucky Proud partnership, and we like to promote local business as much as possible,” said Heath Hall, Pioneer College Caterers director of food services for CU. “It is also great to know exactly where the Kentucky Proud food we purchase comes from for the students at Campbellsville University."
Under the Farm to Campus program, the KDA will partner with CU and Pioneer College Caterers to put more shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products in the CU Bookstore and more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in the university’s food service system.
Campbellsville University is the sixth university in the Farm to Campus program, joining Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Louisville, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.