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Record-breaking Harvest at UMD’s Farm

Yellow Sunflowers
August 26, 2017

Harvest is underway at UMD's farm, and this is their largest crop to date.

The largest crop ever produced by UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project, a 10-acre organic plot on UMD’s Farm, is being harvested on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Randy Hanson, the Sustainable Agriculture Project faculty lead, will be available from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. to explain the project’s mission and offer tours of the operation.

The Farm is on 3566 Riley Road. (Turn left on Riley Road off of Jean Duluth Road.) 

A Mighty Yield

Hanson estimates 30 tons of produce will be harvested this year. That’s a 1,400 percent increase from the 3,000 pounds it produced in 2011.

Zucchini, cucumbers, string beans, sunflowers, peppers and more are ready, while orange pumpkins and squash wait on the vines.

The produce is sold to UMD’s Dining Services where it is prepared for campus meals.

New Models

UMD’s farm-to-campus operation creates a serendipitous partnership where students and the environment come out ahead. 

“Students are learning to interact with nature in a way that allows people to get what they need while not degrading natural systems,” says Hanson. “In the process, we’re helping our institution shift to more sustainable practices.”

More information about the Sustainable Agriculture Project.