Look & See: Wendell Berry Film | Wednesday, November 1 | 7 pm – 9:30 pm
A screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary “Look & See,” a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, activist, and one of America’s most significant living writers—will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. The screening is free and open to the public.
Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. In 1965, Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later, Henry County, like many rural communities across America, had become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt—all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.
Filmmaker Laura Dunn weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words through cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life.
“It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where urban consumers remain so completely disconnected from the rural producers whose work sustains their very lives,” said Dunn. “Wendell shows us with extraordinary sensitivity, just what fidelity to a place and to one’s own community can truly mean.”
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with questions taken from the audience. Panelists include:
- Lyn Garling, owner, Over the Moon Farm
- Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology, Penn State
- Julia Spicher Kasdorf, American poet and professor of English and women’s studies, Penn State
Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Student Farm at Penn State, Rock Ethics Institute, EcoAction, Friends and Farmers Cooperative and the Boalsburg Farmers’ Market.
For more information regarding the event, contact Peter Buckland.
Bite into a crisp, fresh apple and find your taste of autumn at the Penn State Apple Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 12p.m. – 5p.m. on the green space next to the Creamery on Penn State’s campus. The sale will feature multiple varieties of apples grown in Penn State Horticulture Farm orchards, and guests can taste samples and pick up recipe cards to go along with their apples!
The Student Farm is excited to partner with Penn State Horticulture Farm to bring fresh and local apples to the Penn State community as part of this fall celebration. The varieties of apples available for sale include McIntosh, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Day Break Fuji, Jonagold, Fuji, Nittany, and more! Pumpkins and Indian corn will also be available for purchase.
“The local foods movement is becoming more popular, and the apples featured at this event are grown right here on Penn State land. You can’t get much more fresh and local that!” said Alex Kummerer, a Student Farm Club member.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Student Farm Club and Penn State Horticulture Farm. Cash or credit card are accepted. Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags.
Pre-sale of bulk quantities is also available. Contact Horticulture Farm manager Corey Dillon at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order one-bushel quantities or more.
In case of inclement weather, visit the Student Farm website for up-to-date information about the event. Please direct questions about the event to Student Farm Club member Madison Rios at email@example.com.
Food For Thought | Thursday, October 12 | 6 pm – 8 pm
Three sustainability-minded student organizations are uniting to host “Food for Thought”- a sustainable dinner experience and discussion about sustainable food choices. This event hosted by Eco-Action, PSU Veg Club, and the Student Farm at Penn State will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the MorningStar Solar Home on Penn State campus.
All students and members of the community are invited to attend the dinner and discussion. The vegetarian and vegan meals will cost $3, and will feature food grown on the Student Farm, the Horticulture farm, the Research Farm at Rock Springs and more!
Speakers ranging from local farmers to sustainable food advocates will talk about what it means to embrace a fully sustainable dining experience. As part of the event, attendees will learn how to cook a simple “sustainable dorm dish.”
The $3 cost for the meal will be collected at MorningStar Solar Home upon entrance to the event. We are only accepting cash.
For more information about this event, please contact Eco-Action event planner Haley Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Day | Sunday, October 15 | 10 am – 12 pm
Help us tuck the farm in for the winter! Join us for a community volunteer afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to help prepare farm beds for winter, harvest crops, and plant cover crops. This volunteer afternoon is open to all members of the community, and to students and parents as part of Penn State Parent’s Weekend. There will be farm tours available towards the end of the afternoon and snacks will be provide for volunteers.
Volunteers are reminded to wear sturdy shoes and to bring a water bottle. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information about the event, please contact Student Farm AmeriCorps member, Katrina Weakland at email@example.com
Guest Speaker- Charlie Szoradi | Thursday, October 5 | 5 pm – 7 pm
Do you ever think about the future of your food? Are you curious about urban agriculture, global or industrial sustainability, or future food systems models? If so, you don’t want to miss the Student Farm Club’s guest-speaker event, featuring Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED Lighting, licensed LEED Architectural Professional, and author of the book,“Learn From Looking, How Observation Inspires Innovation.”
All students and community members are invited to this free event on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. in room 215 Armsby, located on University Park campus. Szoradi will begin the evening speaking about his background traveling the world to study global sustainability. He’ll also share his experiences as CEO of an industrial LED lighting company that manufacturers energy-saving lights in Pennsylvania. Szoradi’s focus in all business is sustainability and the triple bottom line: planet, people, profit.
Szoradi will speak about the future of food and address a potential business model for vertical farming, which is a new innovative form of food production. The method combines sustainable indoor methods, such as hydroponics and aeroponics, with cutting-edge technology such as LED lighting.
Following his lecture and discussion, there will be a question and answer session with Mr. Szoradi, and he will be giving away free copies of his newest book.
For more information about this event, please contact student farm intern Olivia Hort at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Foods Night | Tuesday, October 3 | 5 pm – 9 pm
EVENT UPDATE 10/2: Local Foods Night (the meal) has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5- 7:30. The free screening of “Urban Roots” and small-scale gardening workshop will still take place on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in 117 HUB Freeman Auditorium.
Menu for local foods night: Pennsylvania Duck cooked in two ways: Leg Confit, roasted breast; baked spaghetti squash with with zucchini and concord grape jelly ($12.99). Vegetarian option: cheesy baked spaghetti squash with poblano peppers, swiss chard, and zucchini with kale pesto ($8.99).
Penn State Housing and Food Services is teaming up with the Student Farm Club to provide a delicious, locally-sourced meal along with a screening of the film,“Urban Roots” followed by a gardening workshop as part of their Local Foods Night celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in Redifer Dining Commons.
All students and members of the community are invited to attend this celebration of local food and urban agriculture. The cost of the meal is $15, but the film screening and small-scale gardening workshop are free. Guests will also have the opportunity to take home a free plant from the Student Farm after the workshop.
The film, “Urban Roots”, explores the rise of urban farming in Detroit, which led to an environmental movement in the city and changed the way people thought about food, food systems and food security. Screening of the film will start at 7 p.m. in 117 HUB Freeman Auditorium.
Following the film, club members will lead a gardening workshop about how to utilize small spaces, such as a dorm or apartment! All guests will take home a plant of their choosing grown by the Student Farm Club.
The Local Meal will take place from 5 – 7pm, followed by the film screening and workshop from 7 – 9pm.
For more information about this event, please contact Student Farm intern, Jess Chou at email@example.com
Community Volunteer Day | Sunday, September 24 | 1 pm – 3 pm
Enjoy a fall afternoon outdoors with family and friends getting your hands in the dirt on the Student Farm. All members of the community are invited to the volunteer afternoon at the one-acre site, located at the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow Roads.
Help Student Farm Club members and interns harvest produce, plant seeds, water crops and inspect plants for insects. Tours of the farm and educational activities will also be offered towards the end of the afternoon.
All guests are reminded to wear sturdy shoes and to bring a water bottle. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parents of guardian. In case of inclement weather, check the Student Farm website for event updates.
For information about this volunteer workday, contact Student Farm AmeriCorps member, Katrina Weakland at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Please make sure to RSVP for the Harvest Festival to give us an accurate count for good and to minimize food waste. Help us make this a Zero Waste event!
Transportation:Students and our campus community can get a ride to the farm on the blue Ag bus, departing at 5:30 and at 6:00 from the Ag Admin pullout area (near the Creamery), out to the farm. The bus will return people to campus at 6:45, 7:15 and 7:45.
Anyone on campus is also welcome to bike-pool to the farm together. Meet at the seating area between the Business building and Forest Resources building at 5:10pm to bike out together. Bikers should use Big Hollow Road to get to the farm, and don’t forget a light for the ride home as it will be dusk!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Community Volunteer Day | Saturday, June 3 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
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
Art on the Acre | Sunday July 17 | 4-6pm
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!