Christopher Dunham's driving force has made him a success at North Carolina State University.
According to Lisa Eberhart, executive dietitian, Christopher has transformed dining services at NC State by:
• Being the driving force in My Roots are at NC State sustainability program, which promotes local purchasing by showcasing NC State connections
• Fostering partnerships with local producers, university alumni and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture
• Establishing a My Roots Herb Garden outside of one of the dining halls
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My proudest accomplishment is when I received The Pioneering Efforts Award from the City of Raleigh for pioneering local food connections and demonstrating environmental stewardship through involvement of staff, alumni and students.
Since I am a recent graduate, I have more insight compared to seasoned colleagues as to what students will connect with and what kinds of programs and initiatives they will take ownership of.
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself and you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Keeping the percentage of purchased local food at an all-time high, while being limited by quantity needs and other contractual obligations that we currently have with other vendors.
Our 2012 All Carolinas Meal was the first large event that I assisted in planning for the department. I was able to see the event from beginning to end and experience the students’ and staff’s enthusiasm when they arrived and
experienced the event.
I would like to assist the program in increasing the amount of local food that we purchase throughout the year. We are currently at 28% local, and I am hoping that in the very near future we can increase that number.
That was when we were planning a farm-to-fork meal at the local NC State Agroecology Education Farm. We had planned out everything in its entirety, but the one thing that we forgot to do was to reserve a catering truck to get everything over to the farm. Luckily, we found a way to get everything in the back of my truck, and the event turned out to be a success.