Student Farm Club To Host Community Check-In, Discuss Move To Sustainability Experience Center
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, April 16 in Heritage Hall. The club is seeking input on the future of the program, but a big point of concern will likely be the farm’s move to a more accessible, permanent location.
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 doesn’t cite any specific complications for the move and says that there aren’t many details about the timing or exact relocation:
“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 lies on the east edge of 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 update. The center is also home to Penn State’s community garden and other research projects.
It’s unclear how much more information will be available by the time of the check-in, but the club is open to feedback from attendees on planning and will share results from the farm’s pilot phase. All Penn State and State College community members are encouraged to attend (and eat free snacks from the farm while you’re at it).
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