Students go 'hog wild' at PA Pride Series event

University Park, Pa. -- Hogs Galore of Julian, Pa. set up shop for dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 in Findlay Dining Commons. The tasty event was a part of Food Services' PA Pride Series, a bi-semester showcasing of local cuisine and products from regional farms and businesses.

Staff from the local farm wheeled in their specialty sausage links, pork chops and a 125-pound barbecued pig as a part of the event. Hogs Galore operations manager Garfield Mathis was on hand to talk to students about the benefits of buying locally raised livestock and supporting nearby farms.

"We give you the opportunity to get closer to your food and understand it more," Mathis said. "In a supermarket, you really don't know anything about what you're eating…and there isn't anyone to ask."

Students had the opportunity to ask Mathis about raising, processing and preparing locally raised farm animals.

"I can tell you anything you need to know about our hogs," he said. "They were locally raised and processed in Centre County. We grow them and know everything about each one."

A line of students had already begun developing outside the commons before its doors opened at 5 p.m. Assistant director Chuck Wakefield said it's rare to see so many students show up so early in the night and credited the PA Pride event for all the excitement.

"It's great to see there is so much interest. I think it's important to show students that our area does raise food that we can use," he said. "Not everything comes from a truck."

Wakefield said that it's one part of Food Services' many programs that focuses on sustainability, while maintaining quality. He added that it's an educational opportunity for students as well.

"We are always searching for local companies that can offer what we're looking for," he said. "If they can keep up with our demands, we're willing to talk to them about partnering up."

Hog's Galore is the second installment of the PA Pride Series. In October, Waring hosted Tait Farm of Centre Hall, Pa. Next semester's events are in the planning stages. Visit the Food Services Web site for more information on its many programs, events and initiatives at  http://www.foodservices.psu.edu
 

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Last Updated November 18, 2010