Friday, July 4, 2008

Wilmington College Farm

Wilmington College has long been an agricultural mainstay in our community and in the state of Ohio. In fact, only two colleges in the state offer four-year degrees in agriculture: Ohio State University in Columbus, and Wilmington.

We are grateful to be able to benefit from this history of agricultural education and production. Along those lines, we have devoted an acre of farmland on one of the colleges vast academic farms to bulk vegetable production. All of the produce harvested from the college farms are donated to area food pantries and organizations that serve the hungry in Clinton County. In 2009 we planted more than 500 tomato plants, a 1/4 acre of sweetcorn and potatoes, dozens of rows of peppers, squash, zucchini and pumpkins, among other vegetables.

Each Wednesday during the peak 2009 harvest season, Grow Food, Grow Hope VISTAs prepared individual bags of assorted produce and passed them out at Sugartree Ministries, the busiest food kitchen in the county. By late August 2009, we had harvested some 2,212 lbs. of tomatoes, 136 dozen ears of corn and 29 lbs. of peppers, all donated to local agencies. And we fully expect the harvest to be productive into early fall.

For more information about volunteering, what's grown on the farm or who we donate to, please contact:

Jennifer Kerschner
Community Garden & Edible Landscape Coordinator
Wilmington College AmeriCorps* VISTA
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative
(937) 382-6661 ext. 488

To see all blog posts about the Wilmington College Farm, click here.

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