Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • Agroforestry/Permaculture System Plot Agroforestry/Permaculture System Plot
  • Beehive Boxes on the Student Farm Beehive Boxes on the Student Farm
  • Rachael Birri Speaking to a Student Rachael Birri Speaking to a Student
  • Row of Peanut Plants Row of Peanut Plants

Student Farm: Fruitful Agroforestry/ Permaculture System

June 14, 2019

The students at Ohio State’s Student Farm are hard at work this summer continuing the progress of their Agroforestry/Permaculture System project. As a recipient of one of the 2018 Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grants, the students began their project in December of 2018. The project is a continuation of the group’s outreach efforts as well as a contribution to Ohio State’s sustainability goals. 

Not only will this project create a community friendly space, but will also assist Ohio State in becoming a leader in agroforestry research. The small plot will provide four large benefits including: food production, educational space, carbon sequestration, and pollinator habitat. The students already planted pawpaw trees, peach trees, cherry trees, peanut plants, elderberry, Crimson Clover, and much more. Rachael Birri, the project lead, talked about some of her favorite parts of this project so far, including: the planning process, which involved developing a vision for the entire project, and watching the newly planted trees and plants gain their first pop of green this summer! 

You can get involved by attending weekly meetings on Thursday's from 6-7pm in Campbell Hall 301. Make sure to check for future workshops, workdays, and tours, to catch your own glimpse of the growing Agroforestry/Permaculture System by following the group’s social media accounts on Facebook (@ohiostatestudentfarm) and Instagram (@studentfarmosu).

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