A Sneak Peek at the New Student Farm

April 15, 2016 at 8:26 am Leave a comment


Did you know Penn State used to have a student-run farm? If you’re old enough, you might remember the student-farmed, off-campus plot—and the controversy when the university took control of it and it eventually shut down. Times have changed, and today, in a very different form (and right on the edge of campus), Penn State’s student farm is back.

Approved by the administration in January, the new student farm (and the Student Farm Club that runs it, under the umbrella of the university’s Sustainable Food Systems Program) recently broke ground on a plot, with plans to begin planting this summer. Looking to get the word out—and take advantage of a Blue White Weekend forecast that looks just about perfect—the club is hosting something of an open house this weekend: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, visitors can tour greenhouses and take part in family-friendly interactive games, all just across Curtin Road from the Creamery. Check out their Facebook page for more info; should be plenty of time to squeeze in a visit before kickoff.

We’ll probably stop by, too: We’re planning an in-depth feature on the student farm and the changing face of agricultural education in a future issue. Keep an eye out.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor


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