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Chatham University’s food studies program to host second annual Food in Our Neighborhood event

Fostering sustainable communities in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2013) … Chatham University’s Master of Food Studies program will host its second annual Food in Our Neighborhood event on Saturday, May 4. This free event is open to the community and will take place on Chatham’s Shadyside campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will feature workshops on such topics as starting your own home food business, how we connect people to neighborhoods through food and words, and alternative food options such as co-ops, buying clubs, and community gardens. More information and registration for these workshops is available online.

In the afternoon, a Community Foodscapes exhibit will feature community organizations from Pittsburgh neighborhoods, samples from Pittsburgh chefs and restaurants, and hands-on activities for all ages. These will include a seed swap, “seed bomb” building, transplanting seedlings, how to build a worm compost bin, and more.

As the movement for accessible, appropriate, and sustainable food gains momentum, Food In Our Neighborhood will highlight resources, success stories, potential partnerships, and new ideas about how to bring and keep good food in Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods.

About the Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is one of the few graduate food studies programs in the United States and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham takes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table. As part of Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE), the program emphasizes the global and the local in economic, social, and environmental aspects of sustainable food and agriculture. The SSE also offers Master of Sustainability and Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership programs and will offer undergraduate programming starting fall 2014.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

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