The interdisciplinary Sustainable Food Systems Program views our own Penn State campus food system as a living laboratory for engagement in sustainable food and agricultural systems. We link classroom education with experiential learning, student-led research and community outreach.
We grow plants, and so much more… growing minds, growing community, and growing food! Flagship components of the SFSP include a working Student Farm, a highly active Student Farm Club, and course collaborations across Penn State academics and operations.
The Student Farm at Penn State was established in the spring of 2016. Our one-acre diversified vegetable farm is currently located at the intersection of Fox Hollow Road and Big Hollow Road. Each year, we grow approximately 15,000 pounds of produce for the Penn State community!
The farm is a space for people from diverse backgrounds to come and learn together. It is a living laboratory and a community gathering place. Through the farm, we demonstrate how food is grown and provide hands-on engagement opportunities for students and volunteers to gain skills and knowledge about food production, harvesting, and marketing. It is a launching point for conversation about many issues, including food security, food waste, and other pressing issues of our time.
- Request a tour or volunteer day for your class
- Invite a representative to come into your classroom
- Assign work on the farm for class assignments
- Develop a project for your class through a course-client collaboration with the Student Farm
Contact: Leslie Pillen, firstname.lastname@example.org