Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Food Day at UM

Each fall, the university observes Food Day, a celebration for healthy, local and sustainably produced food. The event, which UM began hosting in 2011, focuses on raising awareness among students, faculty and staff about the importance of real food, as well as local food-related resources.

2018 Food Day Events

Campus-Sponsored Events:

Field Trip to Homeplace Pastures

Thursday, October 11

Tour Homeplace Pastures in Como, Mississippi, and learn about their sustainable pastured animal operation. Transportation is provided through the Office of Sustainability, but spots are limited. Registration required. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

Food Day Festival and Farmer’s Market

Thursday, October 18

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Galtney-Lott Plaza

Shop with a variety of local vendors and farmers from the North Mississippi area, learn about issues like sustainable agriculture and food insecurity, meet on campus food and wellness groups, and sample some of the great food Mississippi has to offer!

To sign up as a vendor or to table for your food-related organization at this year’s Food Day Festival and Farmer’s Market, fill out this online form.

Spooky Compost Sift-a-Thon

Wednesday, October 31

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Medicinal Plant Garden

Learn about the Ole Miss Compost Program and help them sift their freshly composted soil! Volunteers who come in costumes can enter our costume contest to win prizes. To sign up, fill out this form. 

Local Dining at Lenoir

October 15- 19

11:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m Monday- Friday

Lenoir Dining will be offering a menu featuring locally and sustainably sourced ingredients during October. Reservations are required.

Community Events:

Food Day at Oxford Elementary

Wednesday, October 24

Join Good Food for Oxford Schools in celebrating Food Day at Oxford Elementary. Volunteers are needed throughout the day. Click here to view and sign up for available volunteer opportunities.

Haunted Harvest at Oxford Community Market

Tuesday, October 30

3-6:30 p.m., Old Armory Pavilion

Healthy Halloween snacks, kids’ activities and local fall produce!