Since the beginning of time, the consumption of food has been the top priority for every living creature. In order to survive, you eat what you must, but in order to thrive you eat only the best food there is. Health and fitness, physical awareness and an overall concern for each individual’s well-being have become a few of the top priorities at Liberty University.
Sodexo which is the food service provider for Liberty prepares mostly organic and all-natural groceries for the students to consume while on campus. Liberty also provides a weekly farmers market for local farmers to sell their products on campus for students to purchase. The foods they provide are all natural and all organic. The meats from the animals have never been injected with hormones and harmful antibiotics which are extremely toxic to the human body.
At first glance, the farmers market seems like a normal set-up where the visitor simply walks around, sees something they like, buys it and then disappears forever. However this is not the case for Liberty’s farmers market and it doesn’t take long to realize this. As the visitor begins to interact with each seller at their booth, the truth comes to light, and it’s captivating.
One of the vendors at LU’s farmers market is called Morris Campus Farm which is located on Candlers Mountain. This small farm provides all organic vegetables such as; cabbage, kale, leeks, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and carrots. It also raises pasteurized chickens in which they sell both the chickens and their eggs.
One LU student named Elizabeth who volunteers at the Morris Campus Farm for CSER credit gave invaluable information regarding the farm. When asked why she considered it important Liberty hosts a farmers market, she responded:
“I think it is important because Liberty’s students are able to merge with the Lynchburg community and purchase from local farmers which boosts the local economy. It’s a win-win,” said Elizabeth.
Regarding the health of the students, Sodexo has taken it into their own hands to provide healthy, all-natural alternatives to fast food services, improving the lifestyles of students campus wide.
“Morris Campus Garden donates food harvested from Liberty grounds with Sodexo for enjoyment at the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall.” said Elizabeth.
Many other vendors such as the Brickhouse of Lilac Hill Farm proudly boast about their all-natural meats, free from antibiotics and growth hormones. Owner James Henderson gladly claims his farm to be the only A.W.A (Animal Wellness Approved) farm around. Each animal whether cow or pig has its own name and is naturally raised.