Students will learn what it takes to grow food and how it is sold. It will provide a hands-on experience for students and raise awareness for the benefits of organic farming.
Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
Colle Farmers Market, an organic farming advocate, discusses how Oxford College plans to grow an organic farm and how it can benefit college students.
According to a January 20th Cov News article titled “Oxford organic farm gets growing,” Oxford College will be employing its first organic farmer, Daniel Parson, to help grow an organic farm and construct a living laboratory for students. The article says the farm will be used to educate students on sustainable farming practices and train them to become organic farmers.
While the article says the farm expects to be completed this spring, Parson has already started to plant crops and install irrigation. The farm’s first crops will be sweet potatoes, squash, and peppers. Though Parson has been doing most of the work thus far, the article says students will be the ones mainly working on the farm.
"We want to involve students as much as possible so they can learn to grow their own food, connect with the source of their food. There’s going to be a lot of hands-on learning," Parson says in the article.
A representative from Colle Farmers Market, an organic food advocate, says growing an organic farm on a college campus can really benefit students. “Students will be able to understand where their food comes from and how sustainable farming can impact the environment in a positive way,” he says. “Students will learn what it takes to grow food and how it is sold. It will provide a hands-on experience for students and raise awareness for the benefits of organic farming.”
The Colle rep also says a CSA-type organic farm like the one at Oxford can be financially beneficial to colleges as well. “The food will be served in the dining hall, which will be a healthier, cheaper option for the school as a whole. More colleges should take note of Oxford and follow suit.”
Colle Farmers Market is an E-Commerce enabled farmer’s 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 people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.