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Nicole Tocco Cardwell

For this year’s National Farmworker Awareness Week, Bon Appétit will be featuring a “Faces of Farmworkers” display in hundreds of cafés across the country and via social media, highlighting portraits and quotes gathered in the fields by Student Action with Farmworkers.

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Pam Flowers works for Bon Appétit as a deli cook at The Hive, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. She is the mother of 2, and grandmother to 12.

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As this year’s Farmworker Awareness Week approaches, hundreds of Bon Appétit cafés around the country are preparing to spread the word about how few pennies per pound farmworkers earn for commonly picked produce items, and 20 locations are hosting a screening of the documentary Food Chains.

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This past fall, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our Farm to Fork program, Bon Appétit gave away ten $5,000 grants to our local farmers, fishermen, and artisans around the country to help them grow their business. Here’s how Locals Seafood of Raleigh, NC, is using theirs.

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Goucher College students are using what they learn in classes and much more to uncover some secrets to successful (sustainable, even!) campus farming.

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A group of Hamilton College students in Clinton, NY, noticed that a lot of food was being left on students’ plates at the end of meals. Led by Real Food Hamilton, the school’s Real Food Challenge (RFC) chapter, they set out to raise awareness among their peers about how much they waste and why it matters.

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A group of Wesleyan University students who’d immersed themselves in farm labor issues and food deserts visited Urban Oaks Organic Farm. Just 13 miles away from campus, they got to learn about these issues firsthand — and see where some of the fruits and vegetables they eat every day on campus are grown.

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As I and the other current and former Fellows learned on our recent field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium — whose Seafood Watch program has long been an important Bon Appétit partner organization — one thing that sets it apart is its mission to inspire the conservation of the oceans. And inspired we were by the end of the day.

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A farm visit offers firsthand knowledge of how supporting a sustainable food system means being more than just willing to pay a higher price.

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As a company, we rely on third party certifications to assure ourselves and our guests that the commitments we make are meaningful and are being met. When I heard that Bon Appétit chefs at Johns Hopkins University had started sourcing Certified Humane chicken from Murray’s Chicken, I jumped at the chance to learn more about what the certification means for the well-being of the chickens, our health and the environment.

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