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Community, students support an organic Linfield

The office of sustainability drums up support for a new project to organize an organic farm on campus. Several members from the office of sustainability participated in “The Sustainable Food Systems Internship Program” over the summer, working with several local farms to examine their natural production techniques.

Zena farm was one of the first farms that interns visited, which is supported by Willamette University. Zena is completely student run and has already been integrated into Willamette’s food distribution system. Those at the office of sustainability hope to model a new organic farm for Linfield, modeled after Zena and Willamette.

Junior Sofia Webster helped organize the campus farmers market in an effort to raise awareness and support for a new organic garden on Sept. 3, and felt that Linfield might even “have a better chance [for an organic farm than Willamette] because we have a lot of space…and…such a small student body, so we can get word out really easily.”

The farmers market, which featured booths from the Linfield community garden as well as several other of the local organic farms that interns visited during the summer, including Gaining Ground Farm and River Ridge Farm, was a success in raising awareness for a new organic farm.

“There’s obviously a desire from the student body to have fresh local food,” Webster said.

An unofficial poll tallied on a blackboard at the event showed a total of 59 people in favor of an organic garden, with nobody openly opposed to the idea and only three people requested more information on the subject.

A second blackboard at the event encouraged student involvement by asking “What would a farm at Linfield mean to you?”

Some of the chalky, hand-scrawled answers helped reflect the overwhelmingly positive response to a campus farm: “I’d know what I’m eating;” “Healthy students;” “Fresh food for students;” “Fresh fruit for home cooking.”

“A farm could be a good way to show that [Linfield] is a part of this agricultural area that we kind of have been displaced from as an institution,” Webster said. “I don’t think [there is] much of a [connection] between the two, but there’s a huge…opportunity there for us to be part of it.”

The market may become a permanent fixture of campus life depending on the interest of the farms who were involved and student support.

“Whatever form of farm…on Linfield campus…[or] near Linfield campus there’s going to be students who benefit greatly. Administrators and staff, as well,” Webster said.

Ryan Morgan /Senior reporter

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Students vote on whether the Linfield’s Farmers Market was a success. A majority of the number of tallies in favor of an organic farm on campus, showing student’s enthusiasm toward an organic Linfield. Students are welcome to try fresh vegtables from Linfield College’s organic garden, which is located on the side of Renshaw Hall.

 

Garden needs more student involvement to thrive

Did you know that we have a community garden at Linfield?

At least, it has the potential to be one. Right next to Renshaw Hall, you might have noticed the fenced-in area with wood structures and various tall plants.

The garden could be so beneficial to this school, but it is overlooked and under-appreciated.

Some time and energy is required for any garden. Whether it’s flowers or food, growing quality plants takes more than just desire.

But what we lack here at Linfield for our garden is the desire.

More time and energy needs to be invested in order for our garden to thrive and reach its potential for serving the community. We yield what we put into it.

The garden already provides things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchinis and herbs that students are welcome to take.

They grow in awesome raised beds that junior Lexi Sayer constructed during the summer. Totem Shriver’s art classes contributed the wooden sculptures that decorate the space.

Our garden is already a product of various people’s hard work, but it can become more.

We have resources available to us that can turn our garden into an even more productive source of food  and community for everyone.

More work needs to be done, but there isn’t a big enough interest base here for it to really get rolling.

With steady upkeep like watering, weeding and harvesting, the garden could be a sustainable food source for students and faculty.

Dillin Hall can have produce available for students during meals.

Students can pick the fruits and vegetables for free, but everyone is encouraged to contribute and give back with their help.

Beyond food, gardens are a tremendous source of peace. Gardening is an effective way to relieve stress, and people often describe it as meditative and therapeutic.

It’s almost impossible to be in a bad mood while enjoying some dirt in a garden. It’s good for the soul.

You also get to form a better relationship with the earth, which is never a bad thing.

Gardening is also a great way to build a community with other people while working. We could reach further than Linfield and  connect with the McMinnville community, as well.

Instead of searching for places to volunteer and work, let’s bring it home. We could have garden parties in our own backyard.

We could even get people to come give gardening workshops. The fence needs to be painted, and an organizational system needs to be put into place.

The level of awesomeness this garden could reach is totally attainable. And it’s something I want to achieve.

But we need more people involved in order to reap all the benefits. If you’re interested, let me know. Let’s make this happen.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.