Legislator Visits Dining Services to Learn about Sustainability Programs

RE. Schmid visit
From left are Chris Howland, auxiliary enterprises director of purchasing and marketing; Ken Toong, director of auxiliary enterprises; Andrew Kendall, executive director of the Kendall Foundation; Rep. Paul Schmid; Rachel Dutton, sustainability manager for auxiliary enterprises, and Garett DiStefano, director of residential dining.

State Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport), House chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, visited Hampshire Dining Commons Nov. 16 to learn about Dining Services’ sustainability programs and use of locally produced food.

Schmid was accompanied by staff from the committee, the state Department of Agricultural Resources and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau, and members of the Food Policy Council.

During his tour, Schmid discussed the healthy and sustainable cuisine served at the dining commons and Dining Services’ focus on using food produced by area and regional farmers. On hand were Hadley broker Joe Czajkowski and beekeeper Dan Conlon of Deerfield.

Schmid also met Andrew Kendall, executive director of the Kendall Foundation, which last year awarded the campus a two-year, $485,000 grant to support and extend its award-winning leadership in food sustainability.

Earlier in the day, Schmid and his co-chair, Sen. Ann Gobi (D-Spencer), along with representatives Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Paul Mark (D-Peru), toured the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s Food Processing Center in Greenfield, and Clarkdale Fruit Farm in Deerfield.