Campus farm offers weekly fresh produce baskets, accepts donations to enhance its support of Pard Pantry
By Katie Neitz
Missing fresh strawberries, spinach, and tomatoes from LaFarm’s weekly on-campus farm stand? Thanks to our student farmers and volunteers, you can still enjoy fruits and vegetables grown at Lafayette’s campus farm.
Lisa Miskelly, assistant director of food and farm, is fulfilling orders for produce baskets, which can be picked up at LaFarm or delivered to College Hill homes on Wednesday afternoons. Each basket costs $15 and contains a variety of in-season produce. You can order week to week—a long-term commitment is not required.
Here’s how it works:
LaFarm currently is being staffed by four Vegetables in the Community interns, a student volunteer, and five students employed as farmers. Students are actively working to harvest produce, remove weeds, and prepare for fall planting—while maintaining safe distancing guidelines.
“Each purchase directly supports student-grown produce and regenerative agriculture,” says Miskelly.
“The garden continues to offer a space for our students to engage in discussions from politics to book recommendations to life goals to favorite meals; after months with limited face-to-face interactions, we welcome this place for safe human connection, sharing, and dialogue. Know that your food was grown by humans as they grappled with the big questions and expanded their relationships with insect life just slightly beyond their comfort zones.”