Painted Turtle Farm
In 2005, the Painted Turtle Farm at Gettysburg College was initiated as a student-run organic garden through the Environmental Studies Department. For eight years, student volunteers have been involved with and have managed self-initiated projects in all aspects of small scale organic agriculture. These ventures have included planting, growing, and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables, improving soil integrity and biodiversity within local ecosystems, and educating and reaching out to the student body and Gettysburg community.
Beginning in May 2013, the Painted Turtle Farm transitioned to Certified Naturally Grown community garden and training center. The transition was inspired by the growing interest in farming, food justice, campus-community engagement and cross-cultural learning. With collaboration from multiple partners, this expansion enabled students and twelve (12) low-income and immigrant families to work together to:
1) share food traditions, grow vegetables and create a discourse on sustainable agriculture
2) increase the availability of fresh, culturally-desirable food for low-income and immigrant community members
3) create a pathway towards larger-scale farming for interested community members by providing them with resources needed to get started, technical training and opportunities to promote direct marketing at local farmers markets and
4) develop the Painted Turtle Farm into a hub of community reflection and unity.
Each family has its own plot and also contributes to a communal garden where vegetables have been grown to donate to the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College as well as The Gleaning Project. To become financial stabile, part of this area will be used to grow food for the six (6) members who have joined the Painted Turtle Farm to receive a Community Supported Agriculture share starting in June 2014.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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