Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Meeting Minutes


New meeting time: Monday at 9pm!  Location to follow.

E-mail update from Cindy Atkins on the local purchases of Dining Services in the past year.

Discussion of splitting into two committees: One for campus education and advocacy (farm visits, film showings, ect.); one for activism (working with faculty and staff towards increasing our purchases of local foods).

Update from Tara on Farmer's Market Event, October 2

  • it will be FYP cup eligible, we just need some sort of sign in process
  • A booth will be set up in the Student Center during the market for advertisement; sign up sheet to follow.

Greenhouse and LTB collaboration: pumpkin picking and carving on/near Halloween.

Begin to think about the Local Food Theme Dinner!

Lettuce Turnip the Beet Meeting

Student Center Room 338
September 23, 2009 4:30pm

We will be holding our third Lettuce Turnip the Beet meeting on Wednesday at 4:30 in Student Center Room 338. Come whether you're new or old and let's get brainstorming to get MORE local and delicious food for SLU!

LTB Mission Statement: To promote and preserve local and international food traditions and to work towards creating just and sustainable food systems while creating stronger ties between SLU students and the greater community.

Meeting Minutes


Lettuce Turnip the Beet Minutes


Film Trailer Showings

  • Tapped Will not show; decided that this movie was awesome but more in the realm of EAO

  • The Garden: Will show.  Tara and Mia will mention it to Amnesty International and Ryan will talk with the Hispanic Club to correlate themes
  • The Gleaners: Will not show; in French.  Interesting but not necessarily inspiring to general public.
  • King Corn, The Real Dirt on Farmer John: Both have been shown on campus before but still could be shown  
  • Food, Inc. will be playing in Potsdam on October 19th (Monday Night).  LTB event.


Farmer’s Market

  • Campus visit to market on Tuesday September 29 and Friday October 2 (the Friday of Parents Weekend)
  • Group to chalk the way the evenings before
  • Set up booth in Student Center
  • Talk to Cathy Crosby-Curry to see about FYP Cup points
  • (Tara to organize)


New Idea! Create coupons (worth $1 or $2) for the Farmer’s Market to hand out at the table/booth and in general.  Those working at table would ask students questions.  If answered correctly, students would receive a coupon.  We would talk with farmer’s beforehand to see if they wanted to participate and reimburse them with money from our budget.  Wes, our treasurer, will look into this to see if it’s legal. 


Farm Trips

  • 1st Trip: Thursday afternoon, 2:15, Birdsfoot Farm (potentially) meet in parking lot behind 62 Park. Bike out!  Post on SluWire to come.

Other Ideas:

  • Trip to apple orchard

  • Trip to Pumpkin Patch and have a follow up carving session


Dining Services

  • Don’t forget that we passed the Sustainable Dining Resolution in Spring 08.  We should utilize this; it didn’t pass only to just sit there.

  • Will receive update of locally purchased foods from Wanda and Laura

  • Pub: Potsdam Co-op, encourage people to purchase items.  We receive a 10% discount.  Work with Kielly to keep track of what is selling.  Perhaps purchase less pita bread and more pesto knots?

Meeting Minutes


LTB Minutes 9/9/09

Discussion of Meeting times; decided to do it after Laura- Brief introduction

Introduction of new and old members

Brainstorm Session:

  • Discussion of Farm Trips
    • Consistent times - Friday afternoons seem to be the best for everyone but it is not certain yet
    • Farm rotation
    • van certification
    • we need to contact farms and set up dates
    • then set up vans/personal cars
  • Green Pages - announcements, LTB page updates
  • Kelly: idea to do Farmer Bio's on SluWire
  • Try to get more people to go to farmer's markets; posters in First-year dorms
    • Tara: have our own little stand in front of the Student Center to create interest and then tell people to go down to the park for more.
    • Nick: have the school throw a "fair" at the farmer's market to get people to go
    • FYP cup points at Farmer's Market
    • Talk to FYPs
    • Food samples
    • Chalk signs to the FM
  • Signs at Dana advertising that the item is local, the farm it is from and its location


LOCAL Joe’s Farm DeKalb, NY 10 Miles away

  • Theme Dinner: Start to brainstorm
    • Sometime in October
    • Seasonal traditional dinners
  • Movies: regular showings, consistency (every 3 weeks?)
    • someone mentioned a movie about tap vs bottled water
    • the Garden
  • Speaker's - brainstorm
    • A panel of all levels: growers, distributors, chefs
    • Workshops; one full day of workshops
  • Pub 56 - hold something like the Sustainability Social, some small event on campus just for fun
  • Fundraiser: road race
    • $ for admission or food for food shelter
    • with $ raised, but local food for shelter

Local Food Jam!

La Casbah Restaurant
September 19, 2009 8:00pm

GardenShare Jam
Saturday, Sept. 19th
LaCasbah in Potsdam

8:00 pm till closing
$5 at door
Ages 21+


  • Gretchen Koehler & Bill Olsen with old-time, Celtic, and Quebecois fiddle music (8-9pm)
  • Your Logo Here - roots & rock (9:30-11:15)
  • Looner - a pop-groove duo from LA (11:30 - close) Here's a description of Looner from their website:

"Created by Ziggy Marley's percussionist, Angel Roche, the band Looner creates fun, bumpy pop-rock with huge, groovy bass lines. The lyrics, sung by Zoe Roche, are glittering and gorgeous. Angel Roche beat-boxes and attacks songs via rhythm guitar."

GardenShare Benefit Dinner - Students Welcome!

SUNY Potsdam Thatcher Hall
October 13, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Celebrate the vision of GardenShare and enjoy local foods at our annual benefit dinner. Social hour. Growing Community Award. Lots more. All are welcome. Check back the exact time.

Tickets available in September. Sales will benefit GardenShare programs ...  visit Gardenshare's website for details.

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