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Albion College Student Farm

The mission of the Albion College Student Farm Association is to cultivate a student-organized, all-natural, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing produce garden for the benefit of students and faculty from all academic disciplines and community members of all ages.

Using a combination of fields, a hoop house, and Three Sisters plots, the student farm grows a variety of peppers, tomatoes, green beens, onions, squash, corn, beets, and herbs at its location in the Whitehouse Nature Center

The goals of the student farm include:

  • Promote gardening as an uplifting, healthful, environmentally-friendly activity
  • Experiment with organic gardening practices such as composting and planting heirloom seeds
  • Raise awareness about the role of a local diet in reducing carbon footprint by offering our produce to Dining Services, student apartments, and annexes
  • Help ensure equal access to nutritious food in the Albion community by donating produce to local charities
  • Encourage Albion residents, especially youth, to learn about and appreciate organic gardening, become more connected with their local food system, and grow a deeper sense of community.

A group of five students started the farm during Albion’s Year of Sustainability in 2010.

Student Workers

The farm is a three way collaboration among Albion College's Center for Sustainability and the Environment, the Whitehouse Nature Center, and an independent student organization.

The work in the student farm is all volunteer during the school year. In the summer, the Center for Sustainability employs two interns to work half time at the farm, with the Nature Center employing them the other half of their time. 

Gardens and Hoop House

The The 1,440-square-foot growhouse is a "greenhouse on wheels." The hoop house was made possible by a generous gift from the Baird family in honor of Jessica Baird’s, ’11, graduation. Jessie was one of the founding members of the student organization. The Student Senate has also supported the student organization generously over the years.

In the hoop house, student farmers grow tomatoes and a variety of peppers. Outside the hoop house, students manage Three Sisters plots (corn, beans, and squash), as well as:

  • Winter squash
  • Watermelons
  • Various herbs, including basil, parsley, oregano, mints
  • Onions 
  • Summer squash
  • Green beans

How To Help

You can get involved with Albion's student farm by volunteering with the Student Farm Association, or apply to work at the student farm during the summer. Contact CSE Director Tim Lincoln for details. 

The student farm needs help with:

  • Weeding
  • Composting
  • Planting and cultivating crops

 

Faculty and Staff

Principal Investigator

Beth LincolnBeth Lincoln
Provost

Office: Palenske 120
Phone: 517/629-0331
Email:

Coordinator

Ronney Mourad, professor of religious studies and department chair at Albion CollegeRonney Mourad
Professor
Religious Studies

Office: 211 Vulgamore
Phone: 517/629-0354
Email:

Steering Committee

Lynne ChytiloLynne Chytilo
Professor
Art and Art History

Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0373
Email:

gueninlellemourad2Dianne Guenin-Lelle
Professor of French
Modern Languages and Cultures

Office: 117 Vulgamore Hall
E-mail:
Phone: 517/629-0335

Allison Harnish, Anthropology/SociologyAllison Harnish
Assistant Professor
Anthropology

Office: Robinson 310
Phone: 517-629-0272
Email:

Beth LincolnBeth Lincoln
Provost

Office: Palenske 120
Phone: 517/629-0331
Email:

Ian MacInnes, Chair and Professor, English DepartmentIan MacInnes
Department Chair and Professor
English

Office: Vulgamore 311
Phone: 517/629-0259
Email:

Bindu Madhok, chair and professor, Albion College Philosophy DepartmentBindu Madhok
Department Chair and Professor
Philosophy

Office: Vulgamore Hall, Room 209
Phone: 517/629-0338
Email:

Ronney Mourad, professor of religious studies and department chair at Albion CollegeRonney Mourad
Professor
Religious Studies

Office: 211 Vulgamore
Phone: 517/629-0354
Email:

Clayton Parr, assistant professor of music, Albion CollegeClayton ParrAssociate Professor
Music

Office: T-1, Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0251
Email:

Gregg Strand - Director of Corporate and Foundation RelationsGregg Strand
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Institutional Advancement

Office: 3rd Floor Ferguson
Phone: 517/629-0510
Email:

John Woell, associate provost and professor of philosophy, Albion CollegeJohn Woell
Associate Provost

Phone: 517/629-0776
Email:

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