30,000-Mile Meal," continued)
A farmer named Alfred Baumann was one of the first to benefit. "He still planted his farm, but he was older, in his 70s," says Masi, so students did his harvesting in return for a share of the produce.
Then, and today,
farmers come to Oberlin and eat with students. Monies spent on
local foods have increased from $12,000 to $25,000 (from a budget
of $250,000), yet the process has stayed much the same. Today,
says Kittredge, the ratio of local foods to wholesale has leveled
off. "It's a scale that seems to be working for for us,"
she says."More farmers would be too many."
to the eggs last week?"
ADAM KOWIT is a junior.