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September 29, 2021

Join Willow Lake Student Farm Club for first official workday of 2021-22 year

Submitted by Jeremy Cowan

Willow Lake Student Farm

The Willow Lake Student Farm Club, a registered departmental student organization, announces its first official workday of the 2021-22 academic year from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2, at K-State's Willow Lake Student Farm, 1200 Beach Drive. Access the farm through Tuttle Creek State Park. If park staff asks, tell them you're heading to the farm.

This weekend, we will be planting and mulching fall lettuce. If you are interested in food, farming and good times, Farm Club may be just what you are looking for. 

The Willow Lake Student Farm Club supports the operations of the Willow Lake Student Farm through volunteer work hours, creative student projects and a vibrant social presence. Some of the club's activities include planting and harvesting for farmers markets and K-State dining halls, organizing educational field trips, facilitating volunteer workdays and enjoying social events at the farm. The club is open to undergraduate and graduate students, while farm volunteer events are also open to members of the community.

The Willow Lake Student Farm is located about 5 miles north of campus and serves as a research and production specialty crop operation. The farm has 7 acres in production and is managed by K-State faculty, students and volunteers. The farm was created in 2008 with the help of Rhonda Janke, a former faculty member, and Lani Myer, a K-State alumna. The purpose of the farm is to provide education and high-quality produce to the Manhattan community with a focus on sustainable food production. In addition, the farm serves as a site for undergraduate and graduate student research.

Ways to become involved in or support the farm:

  • Join the Farm Club. Contact Pierce Hayden, Farm Club president, at plhayden@k-state.edu
  • Join the listserv to hear about upcoming news and events.
  • We are always looking for ways to work with other departments at K-State; if you have ideas for teaching or research collaborations, please contact farm management.
  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Join our GroupMe.

Willow Lake Farm Club meetings take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays in 2414 Throckmorton Hall.