Steal This Idea: Play to the Local Economy

University students sell boxes of grain to promote area’s fertile soil, support local agriculture
Grain box contents
Photograph courtesy of CRAFT at Chatham University Facebook

PITTSBURGH Chatham University in Pittsburgh is determined to showcase fertile Western Pennsylvania’s assortment of grains.

Students in Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability and the university’s Food Studies programs, for the second straight year, have developed grain boxes to enlighten and sell to consumers.

Breakfast is the theme this time; each box consists of at least seven locally farmed, milled or processed grain products. In addition, there is a Taste of Pa. biscuit mix developed by grad students.

“Our grain-box program helps to grow the reach of local grains farmers, millers and producers by placing their products in the hands of customers who might not otherwise engage with and enjoy them,” said Cassandra Malis, program manager of the university’s Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Transformation (CRAFT).

Boxes, which contain recipes, a sourcing guide and educational materials about sustainability and local agriculture, are $65.

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