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Five Questions: Gina Lettiere of Loyola University Farmer’s Market

Gina Lettiere. Credit: Loyola University

Gina Lettiere is a staff member of Loyola University’s Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy (CUERP) and helps manage the University’s Farmer’s Market. The market is held each Monday from 3pm – 7pm near the Loyola Red Line stop at 6556 N Sheridan and features local food vendors. We asked Gina FIVE QUESTIONS about the market and her role with the event:

1) How did the Loyola University Farmer’s Market get started?
The market originally developed out of a class two years ago. The class, Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) which is managed by Loyola’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP). STEP is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving course in which students from all disciplines investigate an environmental issue and take on ways to create solutions. In 2009 STEP explored food systems – the impact of industrialized agriculture on the economy, society, and the environment. One of the group projects in STEP Food Systems was to layout a plan to hold a farmers market. The plan included developing a mission, criteria for vendors, marketing, etc. The mission of the market is to support local growers and producers, support a local food economy and connecting people to the growers, the land and celebrating community.

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