DePauw Campus Farm
The DePauw Campus Farm is a viable model for sustainability principles in the real world. Founded in 2013 and recruiting over 300 DePauw student volunteers each season, the farm serves as an important centerpiece for conversation surrounding food justice and sustainable local food systems. In addition to healthy, organic food, the farm provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, strong work ethics and relationships that transcend boundaries of Greencastle and DePauw, Greek societies, athletic teams, and more.
This year, students helped craft a proposal to create the just-announced Ullem Family Campus Farm and Center for Sustainability, a significant new initiative to create a nationally-recognized campus farm and sustainability program. This generous gift will further allow our community to gain practical and applied experience in sustainable agriculture, enhance well-being and community rootedness, and contribute to global environmental solutions.
WHAT WE GROW
The DePauw campus farm is in the process of applying for organic certification and currently abides by organic practices as outlined by the USDA. We produce everything from microgreens to 30-pound watermelons (and everything in between!). Tomatoes, squash, peppers, pumpkins, beets, and collard greens are some of our favorites.
Nearly 6,000 pounds of fresh, sustainably-grown food is harvested from the campus farm each season. Ten percent of this harvest is donated to our local emergency food pantry and the remaining produce is used in DePauw's Bon Appetit kitchens.
The farm thrives with two staff members, two student interns, 20 farm volunteers, and numerous DePauw classes, athletic teams, and volunteer groups. We could not be successful without the generous donation of time from both our DePauw and Greencastle communities.
There are countless opportunities for students to get involved with the campus farm. From June to October, we host open volunteer hours from 6-8 p.m. In the winter months, students can get involved in our numerous greenhouse watering and planting events. Want to bike to the farm? Check out our video for directions.
Anyone and everyone is welcome out at the farm: individual students, athletic teams, classes, and tour groups. Come out and join us soon! Contact the Campus Farm Manager, Malorie Imhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved.
Sustainability Leadership Program
The Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP) is a unique opportunity to actively address campus-based sustainability issues beyond the classroom by participating in one of six dynamic groups: The Campus Farm, DePauw Environmental Policy Project (DEPP), Sustainable Energy, The Thrifty Tiger, Sustainability Leadership Education, and Zero Waste. With over sixty students participating each semester, SLP is the largest program of its kind in the country and seeks to empower students through both paid and volunteer hands-on experiences. To interview for a position in SLP next semester, please contact email@example.com or visit the SLP website for more information.
Paid summer, fall, and spring Campus Farm internships are available to students involved in the Sustainability Leadership Program. Please contact Anthony Baratta, Director of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Tours are available to groups of all ages and sizes at the campus farm! Please contact email@example.com for inquiries.