Student Farm Experience
Students are integrated into the Antioch Farm through classroom, community, co-op and employment and even prior to their arrival on campus.
Courses, from Environmental Science to Global Seminar on Food to Psychology to Political Economy, use the Farm for experiential learning and student projects. See the many ways that Antioch faculty and students utilize the farm in the classroom.
Every term, part time student employees assist with the daily operation of the Farm, as well as Farm planning and public relations. The Antioch Farm is one of few college farms where students are paid employees.
Admitted Student Farm Volunteer Experience
Admitted students can participate in the Farm Volunteer Experience. This great program is available during summer term for newly admitted students. Students participate in the summer prior to starting their coursework.
Extending Learning Beyond the Farm
The Farm extends into many other aspects of student life at Antioch College as well. The Farm provides about 28% of the local food consumed on campus. Students work on the farm and in the Antioch Kitchens, preparing and serving food from the Farm. Each year, a coop student works as the Assistant Food Coordinator, developing campuswide food and farming related events and programs. Check out the Sustainable Food Committee blog here. Student members of the Sustainable Food Committee also worked with Yellow Spring Village community members to explore bringing Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Plan (SNAP) benefits to the local farmers market and hosted a course related skillshare workshop on the Farm.
Real Food Campus Commitment
In 2015, Antioch College signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, a national higher education initiative encouraging campuses to commit to 20% “Real Food” by 2020. Student Sarah Brooks, ’15, initiated the requirements toward this goal, assessing the College’s baseline use of “Real Foods”. Her findings revealed that, at a baseline of 56%, Antioch College is already the second highest campus in the country for utilization of Real Food. The campus has pledged a commitment to serving over 60% Real Food by 2020. Read more here Antioch College and the Real Food Challenge, pages 37-39.
Student groups on campus also utilize the Farm in a variety of ways. For example, the DIY group, interested in natural dyeing and fiber arts, has planted a section of dye plants on the Farm.
“Working to develop the Farm as part of my college experience is a dream come true, especially in getting to learn what it takes to grow from the ground up. Working in the dirt is such a valuable compliment to intellectual work in the classroom, and having a venue for community interaction and shared visioning is very fulfilling for me.
As a community, we need to re-learn skills to produce and connect to nourishing food… By creating a Farm on campus with the goal of helping to feed the student population, … Antioch is walking the walk of sustainability."
—Marianthe Bickett, Class of 2015,
Active Member of the Farm Committee
Volunteer to learn and to help out on the Antioch Farm.
Who: All ages and skill levels welcome.
When: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. (or until sunset). April through September, weather permitting.
Where: Meet on the Farm.
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