300 acres. That is the size of Wilson’s campus. It is hard to believe that such a small campus could house resources such as an equestrian center, VMC and a certified organic farm.
Wait, what? Wilson has an organic farm on campus? Yes, believe it or not! As a student who has worked at the farm since my first semester at Wilson, I feel personally obligated to give the farm a voice around campus. So, that is exactly what I’m going to do.
The Fulton Farm is just one part of the larger Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, which is a haven for environmental education for students and the community. The farm itself is merely a five minute walk or a two minute bike ride from Lenfest. (It is very picturesque at sunset, for future reference!)
Although the farm may seem “quiet” during the winter months, there is always work to be done to prepare for the next growing season. There is no “off-season” at the farm. Though the work is unseen, it is absolutely crucial for the success of the operation.
Throughout the winter months, a lot of strategic planning and discussion goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the farm is prepared for the summer season.
During the summer and fall months, the farm runs an active Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which allows the local community to get involved through volunteering at the farm. However, there are still many opportunities for involvement with the farm during the winter season.
One of the primary events during winter is the F.R.E.S.H (Finding Responsible Eating Strategies for Health) series. The first installment of this series is coming up on Feb. 21, where Sarah Bay, our very own farm manager, will be giving a talk about a recent trip she took to Nicaragua.
On Feb. 26, Renfrew Museum, in Waynesboro PA, will host an event which will include a CSA panel of speakers featuring Christine Mayer. The final installment of the F.R.E.S.H series will be a book chat held here on campus on March 14, where Daphne Miller’s book Farmacology, will be discussed.
The Fulton Farm is a truly unique establishment at Wilson with opportunities for everyone, so get involved! It is time to get fresh.
Keep your eyes open for emails regarding the F.R.E.S.H series and other opportunities at the farm. If you are interested in volunteering at the farm, contact Christine Mayer or Sarah Bay for more information.