By: Devon Luscombe, Agribusiness Management
The Student Farm at Penn State supports the community in many ways. One of my jobs during the summer is to run and maintain the CSA, Campus Supported Agriculture, which provides fresh produce to professors, students, and members of the community. This ensures that they are getting the freshest seasonal produce on their tables while supporting local farmers. The CSA is a good way to know where your food comes from, who grows it and gives you a chance to even go out and see where it was grown. We hold CSA pickups every Monday and even harvest the produce that same day, which many of our members are very excited about. This past Monday we packed the shares with many goodies that are versatile and can be used for many different things. We included kale, pea shoots, spinach, red and green tomatoes, salad mix and cucumbers. We also gave our members a choice of Bell peppers or eggplants, and as much chives and basil as they would like. Many of our members share with us what they do with the produce, how much they enjoy it, and how they are able to share with their friends and family! The CSA is a great way to communicate with our community and learn many new ways to enjoy different produce.