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UNI to host local food events

August 30, 2013

Rachel Wobeter, local food program manager, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-273-7883,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reaching for Higher Ground project is presenting new events for its 2013-14 series, "Food Matters."

The annual Farm Crawl will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. Participants will learn how 10 local farmers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. There will also be activities for children, and local food will be available for purchase. The event is free and for all ages. For a map and details about each farm, visit the Center for Energy & Environmental Education website at

UNI dining centers are also participating in the series. On Sept. 11, Piazza and Rialto will serve meals featuring foods from local farmers. Items may include beef stir-fry with local beef and vegetables, local eggplant parmesan and local apples and watermelon.

The Panther Plot, a new sustainable vegetable garden on the UNI campus, is hosting the Panther Plot Harvest Festival from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the corner of University Avenue and College Street, south of the Biology Research Center. The event will include a hog roast, sampling of local foods, tours of the garden and music. This event is free and open to the UNI community.

The Panther Plot is also hosting a produce stand this fall. Fruits and vegetables grown in the Panther Plot garden will be sold from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Fridays through the fall.

For more information, contact Rachel Wobeter, local food program manager for UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, at 319-273-7883 or or Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator, at 319-273-7207 or