- Published on Monday, 14 October 2013 05:47
I visited the Campus Farm for the first time a year and a half ago. It was early summer when I went to lend a hand; at that point in time, the farm was sharing Project Grow's space and growing just a handful of plants on a small plot. On the day that I visited, there was little activity happening. I was the only volunteer out there, and I picked weeds while listening to a couple of the original four Masters students who started the farm brainstorm about the space. The farm was quiet that afternoon, a space still waiting to grow. Nearly two years later, things have changed.
Almost two weeks ago, UMSFP hosted our second annual Harvest Festival at the farm. With about 200 people in attendance throughout the evening, the event was truly a success. As I walked around the festival, I couldn't help but marvel at how far the UMSFP and the Campus Farm has come. From one volunteer picking weeds at the small start-up plot to 200+ students and community members coming together on an October evening to celebrate sustainable food at UM, the Campus Farm has grown. Today, it is a space of agricultural, educational, community, and personal growth. It is a space beloved by the students, faculty, and community members who have worked and continue to work to make it a reality. One and a half years later, sustainable food has found a home at the Campus Farm in more ways that I could have possibly imagined on that early summer afternoon. This year's Harvest Festival was a wonderful celebration of how far the farm– and the people behind it– have come.
This year's festival would not have been possible without the help of many. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors, Central Student Government Rackham Student Assembly; our food providers, University Catering and the Beet Box; our performers, Magdalen Fossum, Wire in the Wood, and Red Tail Ring; our videographer, Jaclyn Vresics; and all of our volunteers and attendees. From the bottom of our foodie hearts, thank you!
Looking forward to next year's Harvest Festival,
Hannah & the UMSFP Leadership Team
- Published on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 04:11
It's that time of year again. Yes, school is starting, whether you like it or not. At the UM Campus Farm, we like school. We especially like new students who are eager to get their hands dirty while learning maybe more than they imagined about food.
- Published on Sunday, 18 August 2013 20:07
- Published on Monday, 05 August 2013 00:35
University of Michigan's Program in the Environment and UMSFP have a bit of a history...and we think that's an awesome thing! Over the past 10 years, countless PitE students have been influential in helping UMSFP, the Campus Farm, numerous gardens around campus, and a number of other food-related organizations get off and running here at the university. At the same time, we have reached out to a handful of PitE classrooms to help enhance students' understanding of the food around them. This year's edition of Crossroads, PitE's year-end newsletter, demonstrates this...check it out here! Together, PitE and UMSFP help to provide interested PitE students with a well-rounded, food-focused education that is engaging both in and out of the classroom! Grow Blue!