Local and Sustainable Sourcing

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Pictured above, West End Market’s local North Carolina-raised trout with fresh spring asparagus from Homefield Farm.

Local & Sustainable Sourcing

To reduce food miles and support our local economy, Virginia Tech Dining Services strives to bring you food that is produced as close to campus as possible. Many of the foods we served are even grown and produced at Virginia Tech!

We define local as products that are grown or produced within 250 miles of Blacksburg, Virginia. We also try to source other “sustainable” products, such as Fair Trade certified and organic items. This definition is adapted from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) standard. Read below to learn more about some of our locally and sustainably sourced foods.

Campus Sourced Foods

Homefield Farm: Homefield Farm is a partnership between Dining Services and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The six-acre farm grows fruits, vegetables and herbs specifically for Virginia Tech Dining Services. Look for signs in the dining centers letting you know what dishes have ingredients sourced from our farm.

Virginia Tech Meat Center: The Meat Center supports teaching and research within Animal and Poultry Sciences. You can find Virginia Tech beef, lamb, and pork at D2, West End Market, Owens Food Court, and Blue Ridge Barbecue in Hokie Grill.

Virginia Tech Eggs: Since fall 2017 Dining Services has sourced eggs from our cage free campus flock. You can find the eggs at Farms & Fields and at the West End Market Grab & Go kiosk.

Virginia Tech Milk: Virginia Tech Milk is produced by cows at the Virginia Tech Dairy Science Complex - Kentland Farm. The cows at the Dairy Complex are milked twice a day by students, and the milk is then processed and pasteurized in Goochland, Virginia. You can find Virginia Tech Milk at D2 and Deet's Place.

Virginia Tech Hydroponics: Virginia Tech Dining Services grows hydroponic vegetables and herbs using Zipgrow tower systems. The tower systems are located at Farms & Fields in Owens Food Court. Interested in learning more? You can watch news coverage of the systems here!

Local & Sustainable Food Highlights

Farms & Fields: Located in Owens Food Court, Farms & Fields exclusively serves local, organic, and sustainable foods. Whether you’re craving ice cream produced down the road, locally baked bagels and breads, or butternut squash lasagna featuring vegetables grown on campus, Farms & Fields has what you’re looking for!

Deet's Place Direct Trade Coffee: Dining Services’ coffee shop, Deet’s Place at Dietrick Hall, purchases direct-trade coffee from a sustainable coffee plantation in Nicaragua. They also serve a wide selection of organic teas.

Homestead Creamery: Produced in Burnt Chimney Virginia, Homestead's ice cream is extra creamy. You can find it at Burger 37 (the milkshakes are made with their soft serve!), Deet's Place, and Wired in West End Market.

Blacksburg Bagels: Founded by Virginia Tech alumns, you can find Blacksburg Bagels at Farms & Fields in Owens Food Court.

Virginia Tech Dining Services works with a wide variety of local growers and producers. Using the map below you can learn about some of our local partners: