First Pilot Dinner = GREAT SUCCESS!

This past Wednesday, The Campus Beet held their first official pilot dinner of the year at the Wesley Foundation. The event was a great success!

We had a lively, enthusiastic crowd surrounded by amazing art, talented musicians and of course plenty of DELICIOUS food prepared by none other than our Campus Beet members. Everyone enjoyed the food and had nothing but good things to say about the event. Overall, we had a great turnout and everyone had a wonderful time!!!

It was truly great to see so many people come out to support campus beet. So, we want to thank all who came to the event; we really appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you on the next one.

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Beet Retreat TOMORROW!

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow… because its the Campus Beet retreat!

3:00- 5pm Friday the 16th  Basement of Wesley foundation at WMU

An afternoon of team building, getting to know eachother, campus beet visions and  hummus+veggies.   After the short retreat we will be screenprinting so bring a t-shirt!

If you ever thought about being involved in the Campus Beet, you should come tomorrow.  It is going to be great.

 

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… and the new year begins!

Calling all Beets!

We’re off to a new year school year which means lots of new things happening. For instance: our weekly dinner pilot program we’re working on, a kickstarter we’re filming, a welcome back dinner we’re hosting, and so much more!

Wednesday, Septemeber 07, 2011 at 7pm  the first meeting for The Campus Beet of the ’11-’12 school year will be held at in the Faculty Lounge of the Bernhard Center in the located in the Bernhard center cafe area.

Hope to see you all there!

Beet Love

-Jerrard

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And the Beet goes on…

Well, summer is almost over, and just like our garden that is now bursting with kale, tomatoes, herbs, and kohlrabi, we’ve had a lot of growth throughout the season!

Fall is full of big plans for the Beet.  After getting all our members, new and old, warmed up with our plans for fall through a workshop on Friday Sept 16th at 3-5 in the Wesley Foundation, we are hosting a Welcome Back Dinner on Weds, September 28th (more details to come) that will be just the beginning of… our weekly dinners!

The Wesley Foundation at WMU (located near the flagpoles) has generously offered their kitchen for us to prepare our weekly dinners in, and we will be transforming their dining hall into a welcoming cafe atmosphere!  Complete with artwork, books, a genuine fireplace, and games — scattergories, catchphrase, hungry hungry hippos — what could be better?

We’ve been busy creating a kickstarter to help fund all of our future endeavors, along with  seeking out other fundraising opportunities.  Keep an eye out for our kickstarter debut in the very near future!

We will need a lot of help with these huge undertakings, so that means we will also be busy recruiting!  Come visit us…

  • Weds, August 31st: Fall Welcome Interest Session in Dunbar Hall, 2 – 2:45
  • Weds, August 31st: Project RSO in Henry Hall, 7:15 – 8:45
  • Friday, Sept 9th at Bronco Bash! in Miller Plaza, 3 – 7

Or feel free to shoot us an email, campusbeet@gmail.com

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Calling All Chefs

… or wanna-be chefs. The great Chef Nicholas Petruska, executive chef for WMU catering services, probably one of the greatest individuals alive right now, has offered to host a series “mini-culinary school” seminars for interested members of The Campus Beet; FOR FREE. Topics to be covered in mini-culinary school include but are not limited to: basics of baking, using commercial kitchen equipment, the science of cooking, food borne pathogens and many more topics… ALL FOR FREE!!!!!

All interested individuals should contact Jerrard Wheeler at j.wheeer567@gmail.com for more info about how to get in on this great FREE opportunity.

The seminars are likely to begin around the last week of July, July 24th, so be sure to shoot that email before then!

til next time may our hearts BEET on

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“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh

This past Thursday July 14th, Campus Beet members gathered on the cool grass with some tasty snacks and a white board. We had a visioning meeting and revisited roles and the structure of The Campus Beet. Having clarity within our structure makes for a stronger team and brings us that much closer to our goal!

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Cofed Retreat

Another great experience with CoFed!  Jerrard, Amelia, Brian, and myself all had the pleasure of taking a road trip to beautiful Hawthorne Valley Farm in NY to join up with other students across the East Coast striving for student led cafes.

The seven days spent on this biodynamic farm in Ghent were full of workshops, delicious food, skill sharing, and getting to know students from all over the United States who share the passion for sustainable food and cooperative ethics.  We met people who have helped organize, run, or are starting food co-ops at:

It was so amazing to connect with everyone else out there working to start a cooperative on their campus, and that there are already so many different initiatives out there!  

The workshops covered topics such as: history of cooperatives, existing student co-op models, non-violent communication, recruitment and retention, pilot projects, organizational technology, campaigning and organizing, finances and accounting, creating business plans, and finding a space.  It was inspiring to hear everyone’s stories and ideas!

Outside the workshops, we toured the farm, shopped at the farm store, waded in the river, and prepared meals.  At night, we did everything from climbing Banjo Mountain, swimming in a pond with monster-sized catfish, watching fireflies light up a field, and circling around a campfire, to stargazing and sharing stories.

We came back from the 14 hour drive feeling… inspiregized.

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