Student Farm Club to Host Community Check-In, Discuss Move to New Location
Penn State’s Student Farm Club will update the public on its recent developments at a community check-in from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center. The club is seeking input on the future of the program, and the farm’s move to a more accessible, permanent location is expected to be a major point of discussion.
The one-acre Student Farm was established in spring 2016 at its current location at the intersection of Fox Hollow Road and Big Hollow Road. An update on the Student Farm’s website said that the farm is planning to move to the university's Sustainability Experience Center:
“We have been so excited at the prospect of settling the farm into a permanent space, but for a variety of reasons, the journey toward that decision and the subsequent move has been more complicated than we had hoped for or imagined. With that being said, we are extremely grateful for this opportunity to establish the farm in a permanent home, and are so proud of how far the Student Farm has come in just three short years since its founding.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any specific updates on the exact timing or location for our move, other than moving to the Sustainability Experience Center. But we wanted to share some of the thoughts and perspectives from our student leaders, as the team is actively working with Penn State administration to work out the details of the move in the coming weeks.”
The Sustainability Experience Center is on the eastern edge of the University Park campus past Porter Road. The site is nine acres, which will “enable the farm to increase produce quantities available to campus dining commons and enhance sustainability through improvements on its crop rotation plan,” according to the farm club's update. The center is also home to Penn State’s community garden and other research projects.
All members of the Penn State and State College communities are invited to attend and hear highlights hear highlights of the Student Farm’s outcomes during its pilot phase, as well as the emerging plans for expansion and permanence. Participants will be able to share input that will help set the direction for the farm's future.
Free farm-fresh snacks will be provided.
"The Student Farm is intended to engage people across disciplines and interests, and the goal of this event is to gather ideas and input on how we can best continue to do that as we grow,” said Benjamin Chronister, Student Farm Club programming director.