With the University implementing a funding model to develop projects that align with Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, and following the success of the Sustainable Food Systems Program at University Park, a two-year, $158,000 seed grant was awarded in 2017 to pilot agriculture and food systems initiatives at the Beaver and Behrend campuses, in support of the plan’s priority to transform education.
Students and staff from three Penn State campuses raised a high tunnel at Penn State Beaver this summer. The tunnel, funded by a Penn State seed grant, will allow the campus to grow fresh produce year-round to supply CSAs, the campus food pantry, and the Salvation Army.
A Penn State Strategic Plan seed grant is helping the Beaver campus to expand agriculture and food-related initiatives, including a campus garden, community-supported agriculture, and a 96-foot-long high tunnel.
Penn State Beaver recently received part of a University seed grant that develops learning opportunities around sustainable food and agriculture. Among the initiatives are a campus garden, community-supported agriculture and — coming soon — a high tunnel.
Beaver student Marney Haddad and her classmates visit the campus garden every Friday to pick ripe fruits and vegetables. The produce is then donated to the Salvation Army, which distributes to local food pantries.