Produce Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What food do you grow at the Student Farm?

We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. Items available for Farm Share members to purchase will depend on what is seasonally available. In early summer we’ll have lots of salad mixes, cooking greens, broccoli, radishes, basil, beets, and carrots. Moving in to full summer, we will have colorful tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, and beans. Fall brings the availability of greens once again along with storage crops like potatoes, winter squash, and onions.

Note that unexpected plant disease + weather issues may affect the availability of certain crops from year to year.

 

Is your food organic?

We are in the middle of completing our application for organic inspection but are not yet certified. All of our growing practices do follow the rules outlined in the USDA National Organic Program, however.

Toward this end, we take a holistic, agro-ecosystem approach to producing food, focusing on plant diversity, building healthy soil, and providing plenty of water and sun.

Our soil amendments include manure from the Purdue Animal Science Farm, compost from Soil Makers, and microbial amendments from Advancing Eco Agriculture.

Beyond this foundation in prevention, pest controls include physical barriers like row cover, clay, liquid soap, or diatomaceous earth. We also use a limited number of natural, biologically based sprays that introduce beneficial microorganisms like nematodes or s. spinosa to compete with insect populations that are out of balance.

For weed control we use plastic mulch, paper mulch, straw mulch, hoes, hands, and tillage!

 

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