You Are What (and Where) You Eat

The Local Foods Crew works to increase awareness of issues within the the college’s food system; to cultivate relationships between producers, students, and Dining Services; and to create transparency between Sodexo Dining Services and the student body. The Crew members track and record food purchasing patterns in an attempt to identify areas where change would be most effective. It is the crew’s job to set goals and implement plans of action that will move the school towards its purchasing goals, which have been outlined in the Sustainable Food Policy.

Additionally, the Local Food Crew showcases the bountiful and beautiful food of our region, highlighting the seasonality of local fruits and vegetables.


Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is hearty enough to grow in our hoophouses all winter long. In fact, light frosts make kale leaves even sweeter. It is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, with more nutrients packed in each calorie than almost any other food.

Notes from the Local Foods Crew

What You’ll Learn

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers with the mentorship of your supervisors.  Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our Work Program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from a federal work-study or your average part-time job. 

Our Common Learning Outcomes:

  • Professionalism & Work Ethic: accountability, effective work habits, punctuality, dependability, time management, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of the community.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems, and gaining confidence to make decisions.
  • Communication: the ability to convey and receive information effectively with intentionality, honesty, and confidence in both speech and writing.
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: actively collaborate with peers to achieve common goals, Distribute labor fairly, and hold each other accountable as committed members of a group.
  • Civic Identity: understanding your active influence within the community and how your decisions directly impact the work around you.

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. Your crew-specific learning goals outline skills and abilities your supervisor will teach you during the semester. 

Some of our Local Foods Crew Learning Goals include:

  • Environmental Standards
  • Data Collection
  • Environmental Education
  • Marketing 
  • Social Media Management
  • Event Planning
  • Graphic Design