With the recent addition of acres of land added to our campus, Saint Mary's College has been able to utilize the land to create a sustainable farm on campus. The Sustainable Farm was started fall of 2020 by the Division for Mission to create a functioning farm at the college to grow its own produce.
Sustainable Farms are designed to preserve the environment and expand the earth's natural resources, all while creating a quality of life for animals and humans. Sustainable farming allows for the desires of society's food and textiles needs to be met without fear of inhibiting the earth's natural resources for future generations. In addition to preserving the earth's natural resources, sustainable agriculture benefits the environment by helping maintain soil quality, reducing erosion, and preserving water.
Having a sustainable farm on campus offers students a unique opportunity to study agriculture and explain the importance of sustainability. The farm is currently tended to by student leaders and a farm manager that helps teach student volunteers about sustainable agriculture. The farm utilizes compost from the existing composting program to nurture the soil, in hopes to preserve the environment for future generations and to grow our own food here on campus. The Office for the Common Good is looking for volunteers to help maintain and expand the farm operations here on campus.
Plants and herbs that are currently being grown on Saint Mary's campus
- 3 different types of Snow/ Snap Peas
- 2 types of green beans
- 2 types of dry beans
- Red, white and sweet potatoes
- Butternut and Zucchini squash