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April 29, 2013

 The spinach served at the Marketplace Salad Bar and the Specialty Salad Station is always 100% organic and frequently comes from farms within 200 miles of Oxy!

This week’s local highlight is spinach from Kenter Canyon Farms.
Kenter Canyon Farms is located in Ventura, CA so this spinach only has to travel 60 miles to get to Oxy. This spinach is organic so it is better for your health and the environment. 

“Kenter Canyon Farms is a family farm located in Ventura County, growing lettuces, herbs, and specialty crops year-round in the fertile soil along the Santa Clara River. Our produce is harvested daily, washed and packed in our own certified facility, and distributed everyday to local customers which include farmers' markets, restaurants, hotels, produce purveyors, and retail stores...We are committed to sustainable agricultural practices and to our employees who sustain our farm year-round...

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April 22, 2013

Ready to Take the Challenge and "Go Veg!"???

The Marketplace presents a week of your favorite vegan and vegetarian options April 22-26

It's Earth Week - be good to yourself and the planet - this week and every week!



Lunch: Vegan Stir Fry to Order/Vegan Wrap Sandwiches/Three Bean Vegan Chili in Sourdough Bowl/Baby Spinach with Assorted Berries

Dinner: Meatless Monday Indian Cuisine/Sweet & Sour Tofu/Roasted Tomato Basil Soup


Lunch:  Gnocchi Sautéed to Order with Toppings/ Caprese Pizza or Roasted Eggplant Pizza/ Quinoa Stuffed Pepper, Butternut Risotto & organic kale/Samosa

Dinner: Soy Chicken Casserole, Mashed Potatoes and Rainbow Carrots/Fajitas/Tofu...

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April 22, 2013

Earth Week 2013: April 22nd (Earth Day) - April 26th

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in the wake of a massive oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. Inspired by the Vietnam War protests, Nelson realized there was an opportunity to capitalize on the energy of that movement and force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. He formed a powerful bi-partisan alliance and mobilized 20 million Americans to demonstrate on behalf of the environment on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts (

The U.S. food system is responsible for over...

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April 15, 2013

Did you know that strawberries are number 6 on the "Dirty Dozen" list of most pesticide contaminated produce?

This week, the Local Highlight features Strawberries from the Rodriguez Brothers Ranch. The Rodriguez Brothers Ranch is a certified organic farm that has been growing organic berries in Ventura Country since 2004, just 70 miles from Oxy! 

Beginning as pickers in the fields, Roberto and Manuel Rodriguez decided to start a farm of their own and use organic practices to protect the health of their families and workers. The 35-acres Rodriguez Ranch has been family owned and operated from day one. Along with the help of their wives and children, 16 out of the 20 farm employees are Rodriguez cousins! Although it's more energy intensive to grow strawberries organically, the Rodriguez Ranch is committed to this method because it helps maintain the health of the soil,...

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April 8, 2013

Be Wise Ranch has been growing organic produce since 1977!

This week’s local highlight is Zucchini from Be Wise Ranch. Be Wise Ranch is a certified organic farm located in the Santa Fe Valley, just eight miles east of San Diego, and only 120 miles from Oxy. They have been growing organic produce since 1977, and been certified for over 20 years, so these zucchini are safer for the environment and your health. Find them at the Grill and Homestyle.

Be Wise Ranch organic vegetables and fruits are known nationally for their delicious flavor and fresh, sun-ripened quality. Bill Brammer, owner of Be Wise Ranch, has been committed to sustainable agriculture since the early days of the organic movement, and during his five-year term as the state president of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), helped draft...

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April 1, 2013

DID YOU KNOW: That Every. Single. Carrot served at Oxy is from a local farm?

This week’s local highlight is Carrots from County Line Harvest Farm. County Line Harvest is a certified organic farm with two locations in California: one in Petaluma, Marin County, and one in Thermal, Riverside County. The Thermal location is considered local and is just 135 miles from Oxy. The two farm locations allow them to grow produce year-round. They grow lettuces, specialty greens, roots, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and summer squash.

David Retsky started County Line Harvest with only six acres, and named the farm after its location on the Sonoma-Marin County line. Since its start in 2000, the farm has expanded to its two current farms that, together, total nearly 100 acres. County Line Harvest's Petaluma farm has been certified organic since 2004, and its Thermal location has...

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March 25, 2013

Campus Dining is excited to continue its partnership with South Central Farmers' Cooperative!


This week's Local Highlight is Green Chard from South Central Farmers’ Cooperative (SCFC). Occidental College has maintained a strong relationship with SCFC over the last several years, and this is their first produce delivery from their new permanent location in Buttonwillow, CA, located just 120 miles from Oxy. Last summer, SCFC was finally able to move from Bakersfield to Buttonwillow, but transplanting their entire farming operation required a temporary interruption of produce sales. Farmers needed a long transition period to work out all the kinks of a new land base, including getting used to new land conditions, the weather, installing a water pump, and getting their vegetable harvest to the same level it was in the past. All...

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March 18, 2013

At the General Assembly meeting on February 11, members of the Meal Plan Advisory Committee and Oxy's Budget Office presented a proposed change to the structure of residential meal plans, effective fall 2013

March 18, 2013

This week’s local highlight is Hass Avocados from Eco Farms in Temucula, located just 90 miles from Oxy. Known as the “fertility fruit” in Aztec culture, avocados have been successfully cultivated for over 10,000 years, and are native to the Caribbean, South, and Central America. They were introduced to the United States in the early 19th century and have thrived in the Southern California region, which now produces 95% of the nation’s avocados!

Eco Farms has been an established organic and environmentally-minded farm for over 30 years. Steve Taft, President and CEO of Eco Farms, was raised in a...

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March 4, 2013

Did You Know: Many of herbs used by Campus Dining are also local and organic?

This week’s Local Highlight is organic Cilantro from the John Givens Farm. The cilantro plant is very ancient, and it is referenced in many ancient texts. Scholars believe that the Roman Empire is responsible for the spread of cilantro around the world, and it is now grown and used in almost every country in the world! The largest cilantro producers are located in India, China, and Mexico, but this cilantro is local and the farm is located just 100 miles from Oxy! Find this cilantro at the Monday Stir Fry Station and the Wednesday shrimp taco bar.  

John Givens started Givens Farm in the Goleta Valley under the “Something Good” label in 1980 with only 1 acre of land. “The farm has expanded to its present size of 180 acres in 12 locations stretching over...

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