Who wants some good food?
During summer 2011 Ashley M. Conard '14 and Stephen G. Hesterberg '13 reinvigorated the discussion of finding a way to start a campus farm at DePauw. Members of the Office for Sustainability were soon closely working with the students and DePauw Dining Services. In November the two students published an op-ed in the campus newspaper. A month later Sustainability Director Carol Steele authored a DePauw University Campus Farm Business Plan and in March the Campus Farm was approved by President Brian W. Casey. Further, two members of DePauw's Board of Trustees donated $20,000 to help finance the program.
WHy are you doing this?
Our mission is to 1) Enrich the educational environment of DePauw through experiential education, research and enhanced classroom opportunities; 2) Provide a living example of the sustainability principles outlined by the DePauw University Sustainability Initiative; and 3) Provide sustainably grown produce to the campus and community.
WHO's doing the work?
DePauw students and employees of DePauw Dining Services are leading the way. The harvesting is done by volunteers and two staff members. We need as many volunteers as possible to continue to shine in our work at the farm.
WHAT DO you GROW?
Lots of things! Tomatoes, squash, peppers, pumpkins, eggplant, cabbage, melons, spinach, collard greens, beets, onions, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, corn, green beans, potatoes and more. The first season alone we harvested over 5,500 pounds of produce.
IS THE FARM ORGANIC?
Though we will not be applying for organic certification at this time, the DePauw Campus Farm abides by organic practices.
WHere does THE FOOD go?
Ten percent of the harvest is donated to our local emergency food pantry and the rest is used in DePauw's Bon Appetit kitchens. Look out for student produce stand in the Hub in the near future!
How can i help?
Volunteer hours during the summer are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-8 pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Email Anthony Baratta (email@example.com) for further updates on Campus Farm needs. We have had entire athletic teams out to the farm to help weed and harvest, including the men's and women's basketball teams, the softball team and the men's lacrosse team. Come out and join us in the fall!