University of Kansas Student Farm
The University of Kansas Student Farm was created to offer students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to learn one of the oldest skills of humankind: gardening. Our site rests on farmland, a few miles from campus, and can be thought of as a farm of many gardens. Members can maintain plots and/or participate in our community garden where all those participating help plant, maintain, and reap the bountiful harvests. We share in the use of a greenhouse located on campus where members learn how to start seeds and care for transplants using organic methods. Last year we had over 300 extra transplants that we donated to local gardens, namely school gardens and community gardens. The recipients of these plants included the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence and South Middle School. We plan to donate upwards of 500 plants this year. Throughout the year, the farm has a wide variety of speakers and demonstrations, as well as potlucks that are all open to the public. We have a number of community volunteers and advisers that support our efforts. We encourage and help fund student projects, like a recent water catchment demo that was developed and installed by a senior in the Environmental Studies program. In this way we provide an avenue for students to transform conceptual projects into reality. Our main goal for this year is co-sponsor an existing community garden near campus. This partnership was developed to assist in management of the site as well as in the recruitment. Participation in this new site is open to the public. We are excited to be able to support our community in this way.
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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