Edmonds CC Campus Community Farm & Cultural Kitchen

Edmonds CC Campus Community Farm & Cultural Kitchen


the Edmonds campus community farm
started in March of 2012 thanks to the efforts of horticultural professor
Zsofia Pasztor founder of farmer frog a non-profit the builds and maintains
school gardens the lot contained a bunch of grass weeds and piles of scraps the
farm is transformed into a beautiful community space full of organic edibles
thanks to the dedication of our student farmers and volunteers and annual
funding from the EdCC campus green fund since then over 2,100 unique individuals
have volunteered their time over 7500 hours 600 more visited 3,000 volunteer
hours have been served and an estimated 9,200 + pounds
produce have been harvested they get to take home a bag of produce after their
two hour service learning and they’re so excited more than 75 percent of this
produce is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens the goal of the campus
community farm is to bring a diverse array of students faculty and staff
around sustainable living practices and to support the college’s mission in
seeking opportunities to improve the quality of our lives, the College, our
community and the world I actually took three classes in
vegetable production you know to get some more knowledge they’re very
informative classes taught me a lot you know
different seasons and stages of growing a garden. The farm boasts over 20 raised
beds a variety of perennial edible trees and shrubs a collection of bee loving
flowers an edible rain garden and a hoop house the site also includes a green
roof, cultural kitchen, beehives, insect hotel and a canoe carving shelter the
farm is supported by the volunteer efforts of students, faculty and staff
for every four accumulated hours of work you can harvest produce to take home
volunteer hours can also count for service-learning students no signup is
necessary to volunteer the cultural kitchen is an active learning space in
the campus community farm designed to highlight the connection between people
and food it’s home to a Coast Salish at oven a 37 inch cob oven fire pit
cedar plank rows and cedar seating examples of activities at the cultural
kitchen include salmon and clam bakes pizza parties, cultural cooking
demonstrations lectures, gatherings and green construction service-learning
projects we have a space an agricultural space here that we know we
grow things and in the cultural kitchen where we talk about how to cook those
things the campus Community Farm benefits Edmonds Community College by
supporting the college’s mission and goals of teaching learning and community
engagement by raising awareness regarding a wide array of sustainability
issues concerning food sources, personal health, native species and urban based
agriculture provide a location and context for instruction and service
learning in a variety of topics give the campus and greater community access to
fresh local food and creates a location on campus that is unique that serves as
a venue and platform for other sustainability related events it’s a
whole I open experience for students I know it was for me as well as still is
I’m still learning find out how you can get involved today visit the campus
community farm Facebook page and website at www.edcc.edu forward slash campus
communityfarm

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