Great work team! Of the 625 FLC’ers who Voted Real this February, 380 cast their ballots for organic and local apples. Moving forward, the 560 pounds of apples that we serve annually in San Juan Dining will no longer be treated with 47 honey bee harming pesticides!
Eat Real: Utilize this menu to select ‘real’ foods when you dine on campus and eat ‘real’ when you are off campus
Vote Real: Choose which of 3 products you would like to permanently see in its ‘real’ form. Vote on this month's real products here
Get Involved: Visit www.realfoodchallenge.org to make your voice heard in everything from influencing the Federal Farm Bill to working on labor rights.
Moving 2% to 20%: Each Vote Real has increased our campus’ Real Food Percentage by 1.6%. Choosing any of these options would show the earth, yourself, farmers, our community, and the HONEYBEES you’ve got lots of love for them.
Did You know conventionally grown apples are found to have an average of 47 total pesticide residues found on them, 11 of which are toxic to honeybees. In 1904, Montezuma County (just over the hill where Mancos is) won three of four Gold Medals in the St. Louis World fair awarded to Colorado. The tastiness of these apples continued to spark awe and in 1906, the Montezuma apples won 101 out of 104 ribbons at the state fair. 97 of these took first place! This record has yet to be beaten.
These original Montezuma County varieties were bred to craft a diverse and very unique array of fruit, many of which could only be found here in the Southwest. In the 1917 county fair in Durango, growers showcased a total of 126 different varieties of apples! Our region quickly became the apple growing epicenter not only for the mines up in Silverton & Telluride, but also the entirety of the intermountain west. The closure of the mines, the Great Depression and the 1970s oil embargo each successively took their toll on our region’s apple economy. Orchards were abandoned and commercial fruit production halted….until now!
Help us get to 20% and vote for the real food you want to see in the dining hall!