From compost to carrots, the students from the Campus Kitchen at Elon University (CKEU) aren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty at three local farms.
Just fifteen minutes from Elon University’s campus lies Peacehaven Community Farm, a place that not only grows vegetables but works to cultivate relationships within its community. In fact, Peacehaven is in the process of becoming a home for individuals with disabilities. The farm will be the residents’ vocation, and proceeds from the produce will further support the endeavor.
CKEU volunteers are visiting the farm twice a week this summer to work side-by-side with others in the community composting, planting, weeding and harvesting as needed. In thanks for their time, Peacehaven donates produce to CKEU – which added up to 70 lbs in June alone!
After their time on the farm, CKEU students bring the produce back to their kitchen and prepare meals to be served at either Allied Churches of Alamance County, a shelter and soup kitchen, or the Kernodle Senior Center, a facility entirely dedicated to providing meals and activities for senior citizens. Roasted veggies and salads have become a summertime staple in these meals.
Additionally, CKEU receives donations of fresh produce from the Elon University Community Garden and Loy Farm, where they also spend time working the land to reap the delicious rewards.
This summer, CKEU will whip up more than 40 meals a week using this fresh, local produce. But their work doesn’t stop there. With a larger number of food donations, CKEU will be able to reach more members of their community and have a greater impact. CKEU students are bringing a whole new meaning to “farm to table” for their clients, and they need your support to continue to do so. If you are an Elon or Burlington-area resident or business interested in partnering with CKEU, please contact Steve Caldwell, Campus Kitchen Coordinator at Elon University.