Spotlight Organization: Full Circle Agriculture
Full Circle Agriculture at Purdue is a student-run organization that runs the Purdue Student Farm. Founded in 2010, it is now entering its third growing season this summer (2013).
Full Circle not only aims to educate the members of its organization about sustainable, organic agriculture, but also the Purdue community at large. During the fall and spring semesters, Full Circle plans for the next growing season, plans events for the public (which includes our annual Holiday Hog Roast), sorts out its budget, educates new members about the farming process, and hosts weekly workdays to accomplish tasks in the greenhouse or on the farm.
Full Circle also tries to do as much outreach on campus as possible, such as working a booth at SpringFest, advertising its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and participating in Earth Day activities at the Earth Day Carnival hosted late in the spring semester.
During the summer, the student farm hosts several interns (usually 5) who learn the intimate workings of the farm, organize Full Circle's Community Supported Agriculture program, and participate in the Purdue Farmer's Market weekly. These students become well versed on farming in many areas: in small farm equipment, such as tractors, tillers, and seeders, as well as in organic farming methods in pest control, harvest, animal husbandry, and agricultural marketing. The students naturally end up participating in FCAP throughout the following semesters.
Though the student farm is not a certified organic operation, it uses organic methods when raising its wide variety of crop and animal species. Since 2010, it has grown nearly exponentially in food production and student participation and its members hope to continue that trend into the future.
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