UC Organic Farm Debuts at Collegeville Farmers’ Market

Beginning May 18, the Collegeville Farmers’ Market will feature a new vendor: the Ursinus Organic Farm. Dean Scott 2014, the Student Director of the farm, and Brandon Hoover, Sustainability Program Coordinator of Ursinus College, have been busy preparing the farm for the 2013 growing season. They developed a planting and harvesting schedule, tilled the fields, shaped and planted the beds, and readied the bicycle and trailer they will use to transport the farm’s bounty to the market.

Organic Farm

Brandon Hoover, Sustainability Program Coordinator, and Dean Scott 2014, Student Director of the Organic Farm

Scott, a biology major, is thrilled to be participating in the market this year and in how the Ursinus and Collegeville communities are connecting in this way for the first time. “This will be my first real experience producing food, and to be able to have the market as a way of participating in the Collegeville community will be so valuable and meaningful for me,” says Scott. “The idea of the College and the community being connected in this way—by local, sustainable production of food—is terribly exciting.”

The assortment of vegetables that will be provided throughout the growing season is robust. It includes beats, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chard, cauliflower, sweet corn, cucumbers (pickling and slicing), eggplant, kale, lettuces, okra, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, summer and winter squashes and tomatoes.

Marigolds

Marigolds growing on the farm.

Other offerings will include:

  • Herbs: basil and cilantro
  • Flowers: marigolds, nasturtiums, sunflowers
  • Fruit: grapes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (“If the birds do not get to them first,” says Scott)
  • Pumpkins in the fall

The market, which is operated by the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation from May 4 through November 23, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. It features more than 20 vendors and is located in the parking lot of DaVinci’s Pub at 217 E. Main Street. It also features live entertainment each week. Click here for more information on the market.

All proceeds earned by the Organic Farm during the market will support Ursinus.

 

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