Second Annual Fall Harvest Festival | Thursday, September 7 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season with live music, farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres, and meet the new director of the Sustainability Institute and Penn State’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Paul Shrivastava. All community members are welcome to attend this free celebration.

This family-friendly event will include tours of the farm and other educational activities, live music performed by Sonic Schroeder, and farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres prepared by Campus Catering. Don’t miss this opportunity to try edible flowers and other unique foods.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blankets and are reminded to wear sturdy shoes. In the event of inclement weather, check the Student Farm website for event updates.  

For more information about this event, contact Student Farm intern Olivia Hort at oxh5018@psu.edu

Community Volunteer Evening | Friday, August 4 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to spend a Friday evening at the Student Farm! This volunteer evening will include tours of the site, and an opportunity to get your hands in the dirt on the farm. We hope to see you there!

Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Directions to the farm can be found here. With questions regarding this event, please contact Micah Houston at micahhouston13@gmail.com.

Insect Identification + Soil Health workshop | Saturday, August 5 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Student Farm is hosting a free insect identification and biological soil health workshop on Saturday, August 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This workshop, led by Penn State Entomology professor, Dr. Mary Barbercheck, will address insect and pest identification and management for home gardens, as well as lead biological soil health activities and discussions.

Home gardeners of all skill levels and community members are welcome to attend and learn more about beneficial and pest insects and how they interact with plants and soil. The workshop will feature a walk around the one-acre Student Farm site to identify active insects that may be beneficial or harmful to common vegetable garden plants. Attendees will have the opportunity to see insects at various stages of development, such as egg and adult, and also learn how to identify common pest and beneficial insects.

Dr. Barbercheck will then lead discussions about pest management practices that minimize the use of insecticides. Soil health activities will focus on how to evaluate and promote the biological health of your soil.

Guests are reminded to wear sturdy shoes and to bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Directions to the farm can be found here. In case of inclement weather, check the Student Farm Facebook page for updates on the status of the workshop.

Art on the Acre | Sunday, July 16 | 4:00 – 6:00pm

Wind down Arts Festival week by enjoying a beautiful summer afternoon decorating flower pots and eating farm-fresh snacks! The Student Farm invites families, kids and community members to their free “Art on the Acre” event.

The family-friendly event will feature flower pot painting, student-led tours of the farm and fresh, healthy snacks. Kid-friendly tours of the site will include educational opportunities to learn about different varieties of vegetables, how food is grown and how food gets from the farm to the table.

Guests will have the opportunity to decorate flower pots to take home, or help paint pots that will beautify the farm. This event is free, and guests are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

Tools and Techniques gardening workshop | Sunday, June 25 | 2:00 – 4:00pm

Calling all gardeners! The Student Farm and the Lemont Barn are teaming up to host a Tools and Techniques home gardening workshop on Sunday, June 25 from 2 pm – 4pm at the Student Farm at Penn State, located at the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow roads.

All members of the community are invited to the workshop for a hands-on experience working in the field and the opportunity to learn more about home gardening techniques and tools. Leslie Pillen, Student Farm coordinator and Brian Kinney, co-owner of the Lemont Barn, will lead hands-on discussions about gardening tools and practices. Topics will include drip irrigation methods, tools for weed management, potato hilling and tomato trellising demonstrations. Your gardening questions are welcome as well.

Guests are reminded to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sunscreen. In case of inclement weather, check the Student Farm’s Facebook page for updates regarding the workshop. We hope to see you there!

For questions about this workshop, contact Student Farm intern Sydney Downham at sbd5223@psu.edu

Summer Solstice Celebration  |  Wednesday, June 21  |  6:00 – 8:00pm

Join us for a summer evening filled with live music performed by local acoustic rock band, Hops & Vines, and locally-sourced food from World’s Fare Catering. Admission to the event is free and guests are encouraged to bring money if they plan to purchase food, or are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and children are all welcome to attend.

This event is outdoors, so guests should plan to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, check the Student Farm’s Facebook page for updates regarding the status of the event.

For more information about getting to the farm, visit our volunteer page or find us on Google maps.

With questions about this event, contact Emilio Carrion at emiliocarrionq@gmail.com

 

Community Volunteer Day  |  Saturday, June 3  |  10:00am – 12:00pm

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to spend Saturday morning on the Student Farm! We’ll tour the acre and get our hands in the dirt. More information about the event can be found here, and directions for getting to the farm can be found here.
With questions about this event, contact Micah Houston at micahhouston13@gmail.com
We hope to see you there!

Plant Sale  |  Friday, April 28  |  11:30am-5:30pm

Save the date for Student Farm Club’s third annual plant sale! Student-grown vegetables and herbs will be available for sale, with all proceeds supporting the Student Farm. Please bring cash or check, and your own bag or box for your seedlings.

Seminar on Agroforestry  |  Wednesday October 26  |  6:30pm

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Keefe Keeley, Executive Director of The Savanna Institute
“Production Agroforestry: Scaling Up Perennial Food & Forage Systems”
When: 6:30pm, Wednesday, October 26
Where: Rm. 350, Health & Human Development Bldg.
Sponsored by: Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry (NEMA); RE: Farm Café; The Student Farm @ Penn State; Centre County Farmland Trust

 

Art on the Acre  |  Sunday July 17  |  4-6pm

Art on the Acre Wrap up your Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (Arts Fest) weekend on the Student Farm! Join us THIS Sunday, July 17th, between 4-6pm for farm tours, farm-fresh snacks, and flower pot decorating. Tours will start every half hour, with the final tour starting at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to the entire community, including families and children. Visitors can help paint pots for the farm, and paint a pot to take home! Clay pots, paint, brushes and vegetable stamps will be provided. We ask that you wear closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle, and wear clothing that you don’t mind painting in (we will also provide paint smocks). The Student Farm at Penn State is located at the intersection of Big Hollow Road and Fox Hollow Road. Parking is available on the street. We hope to see you there!

Join us for a Community Volunteer Day at the Student Farm!

June 18 Volunteer Day

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to spend Saturday morning on the Student Farm where we’ll spend some time touring the acre site and discussing our progress this season.  Following our tour, volunteers can lend a hand in growing our initiative by planting pollinator and beneficial insect garden beds around the acre!
When: June 18th, 10 AM to 12 PM
What to bring: closed-toe shoes, water bottle, and gloves/ trowel if you have them!

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