College Students Can Benefit from Organic Farming, Says Philippe van den Bossche

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In response to an article published by CovNews, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses how college students can benefit greatly from organic farming.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, responds to an article published by CovNews on January 25th that discusses how Oxford College plans to grow an organic farm for its students.

According to a January 25th article published by CovNews titled “Oxford organic farm gets growing,” Oxford College has hired an experienced organic farming, Daniel Parson, to help cultivate an organic farm and to build a living laboratory for its students. The main purpose of the farm will be to educate students on sustainable agriculture practices and train them to become skilled organic farmers.

“We want to involve students as much as possible so that they can learn to grow their own food, connect with the source of their food,” Parson explains. “There’s going to be a lot of hands-on learning.”

The article states that the farm’s first crops will be squash, peppers and sweet potatoes. The farm will eventually produce a diversity of vegetables, "choreographed by a rotation plan,” as well as orchard fruit, cut flowers and shitake mushrooms.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, commends Oxford College for giving students the opportunity to learn about organic farming through first-hand experience. “It is important to provide today’s students with the understanding of how sustainable farming practices can impact the environment in a positive way,” says van den Bossche. “This farm will provide Oxford students with hands-on experiences, and will help to raise awareness about the benefits and positive impact of sustainable farming.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.


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