Ed Bruske Lecture

Thu, 9 October, 2014 10:00am

Is Real Food Only for The Rich?

A First Chapter/University Writing and Research Conference event


Thursday, October 9, 10:00 a.m., Ames Hall B109, Mt. Vernon, GWU


Our food system is skewed. We have new school nutrition regulations championed by Michelle Obama, but most schools don't have the skills or the equipment to serve real food…and how do you get kids to eat real food when they've been conditioned to like junk better?

Ed farms in Upstate New York, where they typically grow three things: hay, corn and dairy cows in confinement. Some farmers have caught the "real food" wave. But their products end up in New York City, where they fetch premium prices. The local food co-op shelves are stocked with fancy imported foods and specialty goods, while just up the street the other half crowds the food pantry at the Presbyterian church.

“Real food,” school food, farm to table, food justice: join Ed as he sorts out the challenges and the possibilities in the fight for good food for everyone.

Ed Bruske, an award-winning former Washington Post reporter and urban kitchen gardener, now farms 25 acres in Upstate New York with his family. His Slow Cook blog series on school food in DC, Boulder, and Berkeley helped fuel a national conversation. Master gardener, personal chef, teacher, lecturer, writer: Ed has covered the food landscape in a number of different arenas. He co-founded the D.C. Urban Gardeners  group and lectures on composting, kitchen gardening, food preservation, and other related topics. He sat on the advisory board of the D.C. Farm to School Network and has contributed to food policy blogs such as Grist and La Vida Locavore, as well as the gardening blog Garden Rant. Ed believes in self-reliance and food grown in harmony with nature.

This event is possible thanks to the generous support of Sodexo and GWU’s Urban Food Task Force. For further information, please contact Prof. Abby Wilkerson. [email protected]


Prof. Abby Wilkerson
[email protected]

Share This Event