Colle Farmers Market Responds to Oakland University’s Plan for and On-Campus Urban Farm

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Following an article published by the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch regarding Oakland University’s plan to create an on-campus farm, Colle Farmers Market offers their applause.

On January 16, Colle Farmers Market responds to Oakland University’s use of a recent student grant to create a self sustainable on-campus urban garden that will benefit the local community, as reported by Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch.

According to the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch, “an Oakland University student program will benefit from a $20,400 grant to support an urban gardening project on campus.” The grant comes from the Americana Foundation, reports the article, a Novi-based agriculture education and advocacy project. The article notes that the university will also match the grant.

The article went on to say that the new organic farm “will specifically support the hiring of a farm manager to oversee farm production, coordinate student volunteers and assist with community outreach programs designed to improve access to fresh, local produce.” The produce will be sold on campus, which will eventually make the farm self-sustaining.

In addition to providing healthy food for students and professors on campus, the farm will educate students about a number of issues, including environmental health and the availability of fresh produce in urban areas, reports the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch.

Colle Farmers Market responds to Oakland University’s implementation of the urban farm. The company said that organic farming is something that all college students should be aware of, especially students studying agriculture and other subjects related to farming. Allowing students to take part in the actual process of organic farming is the best way to educate them on this subject.

The company adds that urban farming is becoming a big trend in the US. While farms are generally perceived as huge sprawling pieces of land covered in crops, this is not always the case. People in cities and suburbs can produce healthy and organic food just as well as farmers, they just have to use slightly different techniques.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.

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