The Albion College student farm came to fruition when five students started the farm in 2010. Nestled within the Whitehouse Nature Center, the farm’s mission is to cultivate an all-natural, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing produce garden. Combining community service and college resources, this student-led farm not only transforms the landscape but also provides produce to the surrounding Albion residents.
The farm utilizes a combination of fields and a hoop house to cultivate a diverse array of produce. From colorful peppers and ripe tomatoes to green beans, onions, squash, corn, beets and herbs, the farm provides a variety of produce that is harvested weekly by student volunteers. These crops serve not only as a source of fresh, healthy food for the community of Albion but also as a living classroom where students learn lessons about sustainable agriculture. Thomas Wilch, professor and faculty director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment (CSE), leads students toward these objectives while encouraging them to stay connected with the community through nature.
Editor’s Note: 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 2. The original publication of this article at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 identified photos of Uma Shuford Williams’ last name as Williams, not Shuford Williams. This has been corrected.
Katherine Simpkins, aka "Kat", is a senior from Adrian, MI. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Educational Studies. Her passion for journalism started at an early age when she picked up her camera and started seeing life from a different perspective. In her free time, you can find Kat snuggled up next to her cat, Phoebe; named after the best "Friends" character. You can contact her at KCS11@albion.edu.