Farm to Fork Program
The purpose of the Farm to Fork program is to:
- Highlight the natural flavors of farm-fresh produce
- Offer nutrient-rich foods
- Support the local economy
- Purchase products grown with sustainable methods
- Further strengthen our commitment to social responsibility
Here are a few of the contributors to the Oberlin College Farm to Fork program.
Gerber's Amish Farm
Gerber's Amish Farm is located in the beautiful rolling farmlands of Ohio. The Amish farmers use old traditional methods of farming to produce their crops and to raise their animals and chickens. Gerber's chickens are fed an all vegetarian diet. The all cereal grain feed is blended with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and vegetable fats to produce a balanced natural feed. No sub-therapeutic antibiotics. No growth stimulants. No artificial ingredients .No animal by-products. No fishmeal or bakery by-products. No Hormones.
Hartzler's Family Dairy
Hartzlers Family Dairy provides milk to all dining halls. As supplies allow, butter and cottage cheese may be found at Stevenson dining hall. Although Hartzlers Family Dairy is not certified organic, their farm has been free of chemicals, pesticides and artificial hormones since the 1960s.
Moreland Fruit Farm
Moreland Fruit Farm is located on the terminal Morraine in southern Wayne County. Fred Finney is the founder of the fruit farm and has raised 35 varieties of apples since 1971. Finney employs the Integrated Pest Management technique (IPM) on his farm. This method determines the identifies specific pest and then determines the most reasonable tactic. This may or may not result in action, but it ensures that the least amount of chemical is used at the correct time. The spray is very specific to that insect and is not harmful to humans. Finney also grows squash, grapes, plums, pears, peaches, ground cherries, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower. Their market is open to the public from mid-May through early November. From early June through late October they are open for "pick-your-own" fruits and vegetables.
Schlabach Amish Bakery
Schlabach Amish Bakery Co. produces all natural, low-fat Grand-ola in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. The granola is made fresh daily by hand, using wholesome ingredients. Low-fat Grandola will be available at Stevenson dining hall.
Bunker Hill Company
Bunker Hill Company continues to be the primary outlet for the Amish farms in the region. The Amish farmers still provide their milk to the factory in traditional milk cans, the same manner as their forefathers did. Bunker Hill Company will only accept milk that is BST and BGH FREE. The steps followed by the Bunker Hill artisans during the cheese making process ensure a premium product with no additives or preservatives. Many cheeses are made with a yogurt culture and not rennet. Bunker Hill Company cheese may be found at the Wilder DeCafe under the Heinis label.