Redlands Promotes Sustainability and Community
This summer, a popular new event has hit the streets of Redlands: a Saturday Farmers Market sponsored by the University of Redlands and Bon Appétit.
Director of Community Service Learning (CSL) Tony Mueller and Senior General Manager of Bon Appétit Brett Martin saw the farmers market as an opportunity for Redlands to continue to promote sustainability and community.
“There was a need for sponsorship of the Saturday Market and we felt that as an office that supports many local garden projects, CSL, on behalf of the university, should step up to the plate,” said Mueller.
So far, the weekly event has been successful in the support of downtown Redlands, local farmers and the community.
“We care about sustainability and buying local produce makes perfect sense—and it tastes great, too.”
Through CSL, the University of Redlands has made large strides in promoting sustainable living. This has been done through the support of programs such as:
- the Gardeners in Residence Program, where student workers and volunteers help construct and maintain sustainable vegetable gardens and flower beds;
- and Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork, a university dining option featuring ingredients from local growers.
The Farmers Market takes place each Saturday until Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the City parking lot south of Redlands Blvd., between 5th and 6th Street.