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Standing in front of a group of eager and talented cooking class participants in the Few Demo Kitchen at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of gratitude and familiarity. Back when I was a student at Emory a few short years ago, cooking demos with Slow Food Emory were one of the highlights of each semester, igniting the spark that led to a deep-seated love of talking and teaching about food.

Horse Listeners Orchard has been a long-time Farm to Fork partner of Bon Appétit-served colleges and universities in the northeast region from Connecticut to Massachusetts. Beyond cultivating 23 varieties of apples, and vegetables too, they partner with neighboring growers to aggregate produce — enabling them to source a yearlong supply of crushed tomatoes for our chefs — and deliver it all themselves.

Cucumber vines climbed 10 feet high to the top of the hoop house, leafy ginger plants intermingled with milkweed, calendula, and kale, and sunflowers towered over Fellow Elise Kulers during her visit to the Knox College Farm in Galesburg, Illinois.