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April 21, 2023

Attend Willow Lake Student Farm field day April 29

Submitted by Jeremy Cowan

Willow Lake Student Farm Spring Field Day 2022

The department of horticulture and natural resources invites you to visit the Willow Lake Student Farm for the Spring Field Day 2023 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Visitors will tour the farm and learn about its history, how K-State courses and researchers use the farm, and what the farm has to offer the campus and broader Manhattan communities. 

Gates will open at 10 a.m., and the tour begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. During the tour, visitors will see student projects, learn about recent and ongoing research projects, see where the new Student Garden Program will reside, and meet a few of the farm's supporting/partner organizations. There will be time for Q&A, and burgers will be served at noon. 

The Student Garden Program is re-opening this year to give students their own garden space in a traditional, community-garden format. Students who want a more production-oriented garden experience can also commit to producing one or more crops for sale to the farm's campus customers — Derby and Kramer Dining Halls, both locations of JP's Sports Bar and Grill, and a new 25-member CSA subscription box program. Those students will share in the revenue generated from their crops while receiving invaluable production experience. 

Scale-appropriate farm equipment will be on display, and representatives from Kubota/Land Pride/Great Plains Manufacturing will be on hand to talk about the equipment they recently donated to the farm to support student success. Valor Honey will have a station to answer questions about the beehives on the farm and their programs that help transition retiring service members to agricultural vocations. The Kansas Permaculture Institute will be there to talk about permaculture and the joint Permaculture Design Certification course. Finally, representatives of K-State Housing and Dining Services will be available to talk about the new By K-State, For K-State initiative. 

View directions to the farm. For more information, please visit the event page or email Jeremy Cowan.