Benefits of Our Farm
- Raise awareness regarding a wide array of sustainability issues concerning food—sources, personal health, native species, and urban and community-based agriculture.
- Provide a location and context for instruction and service learning in a variety of topics.
- Give the campus community access to fresh, local food. Countless volunteers have sampled the garden’s produce.
- Create a location on campus that is uniquely our own and can serve as a venue and platform for other sustainability-related events. Contact Lia Andrews (Cultural Kitchen) for more information.
A Living Classroom
The Farm and Cultural Kitchen are unique spaces that foster student learning. Here are a few examples of how college departments are utilizing the space to enhance their curriculum.
“CIT students and faculty have been significant contributors in the effort to build the cultural kitchen roofing structures. We are also working, along with Energy Management students to catch and pump (via solar energy), rainwater for the Community Garden, saving fresh water and reducing storm water overflows.” – Randy Sibley, Construction Industry Training
“My class uses space in the farm to learn to grow a diverse range of vegetable, herb and flower crops.” – Gayle Larson, Horticulture
“In the English composition courses, students individually and as a class have participated in service learning at the Campus Community Farm and in the Cultural Kitchen. These activities are great complements to writing sequences on topics of food and sustainability, and they also build community among the students.” - Daniel Griesbach, English