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Soulard Market

This semester, sooooo many great events and activities have been planned for students. A ton of volunteer opportunities, as well as student activities have been organized to encourage more student involvement, and it is totally working.

I attended World Food Day at John Burroughs High School, with Fontbonne In Service and Hunility, or FISH earlier in October and it was an awesome experience. Basically, the team you are with has a table with stations of different components to add to the food bag as it goes from person to person, an assembly line.  We made enough food packages to feed 3,000 children from a community in Tanzania in about 45 minutes. Here is more info.

The Hunger Banquet was quite the surprise. This event was held by the Community Nutrition course, to help raise money for the Niger Hunger Relief Effort. The ticket was $10, and 100% of that went directly to the Relief Effort, which is a great feat. As for the banquet, I had no ideal what to expect. I was given a green ticket as I entered the doors, which meant I was “middle class,” so I got to sit in chairs. People with yellow tickets represented the lower class and sat on the floor, while people with red tickets were upper class and had the privilege of sitting at a very fancy dinner table. The upper class got a ton of food, real silverware, table cloths, and different drink options with waiters. The middle class got a scoop of rice and a scoop of kidney beans to eat with plastic forks and a tiny cup of water, while the lower class only got one scoop of rice, and no silverware; they ate with their hands. We heard informative presentations, watched videos and heard a lot of scary statistics.  It was a really cool experience.

Yesterday, we went to Soulard Market! The event was organized by Marielle Counts and the Environmental Club and I had never been so it was a really cool experience. I loved it. I wish I had a real life kitchen so I could totally utilize the market more but rooms in Medaille do not come fully stocked with a kitchen. Too bad. There were tons of vendors with fresh fruits, veggies, breads, pastries, jewelry, clothing, soaps,, everything you could think of! No peanut butter though, which I was super excited to buy freshly ground PB. But it is ok because I went to Eckerts Farm for apple picking the next day and I found some there!

Tonight, in honor of October, FAB, Fontbonne Activities Board is showing The Exorcist at 6 and then providing free tickets and transportation to The Darkness, a haunted house. I am not a fan of haunted houses, so I am passing on this one, but it should be a blast for everyone attending!

Also, because of the Cardinals games, they have all been streaming somewhere on campus! So convenient and a great way to share a common interest or the St. Louis spirit with fellow students!

I am so impressed with the events to get students involved and to allow for some fun this semester! Keep up the good work!



This weekend proved to be yet another filled with wonderful and exciting things!

And when I say that, I mean that it was the weekend that Environmental Club took a trip to Soulard Farmers Market. Soulard is home to one of St. Louis’ largest markets, and the selection is massive. Far from only providing fruits and veggies (which are fabulous, of course), there are also local baked goods, homemade soaps, a pet shop, eateries, and butchers. Although not all of the items sold at Soulard are strictly local, you can always find at least something.

My favorite part of the market is scoping out all the fun and unique items. Handmade pastas! Heirloom gourds! Beignets! All things you can find at Soulard. There was even a special stand that was dedicated exclusively to “St. Louis” items – things like Billy Goat chips and Super Smokers BBQ sauce. And guess what? The guy who owns it went to Fontbonne (and played soccer)! Needless to say, I had to make a purchase.

All in all, I think it was a successful trip and everyone who went enjoyed themselves. And if you didn’t go with us this weekend, you owe it to yourself to check it out!


Now that my blog is back in action, I know that everyone is dying to hear more about what the Environmental Club is up to. Here’s a quick refresher on what we’re all about:

-Promoting reusing and recycling on campus
-Providing more local and organic food choices in the dining halls
-Reducing energy use and increasing efficiency on campus
-Raising people’s awareness of how their actions can affect the world we live in, through programs and activities

More specifically, we do things like:
-Coordinate a bike borrowing program for the Fontbonne community
-TerraCycle and recycle all sorts of crazy things
-Take trips to places like Soulard Market and the Botanical Gardens
-Give stuff away

Speaking of reducing trash…. look for Environmental Club members selling our reusable Griffin Go Boxes during lunch in the dining halls September 17th and 19th! Why the big push? Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you… 😉


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