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IU opens campus farm


Dying grass and tufts of weeds sprout from the historic grounds of the Hinkle-Garton property, located just outside IU's campus at 10th Street and Pete Ellis Drive. The donated ten acres will be used as farmland in the near future with the help from a $50,000 grant. Ty Vinson Buy Photos

A new Indiana Campus Farm will provide local organic food to multiple campus and community locations, according to an IU press release.

Co-director James Farmer said this project shows the University’s willingness to improve sustainability.

“I am proud to say IU has joined this movement,” Farmer said.

IU’s Sustainability Innovation Fund granted $50,000 for the farm to help fund planting and academic research, the press release said. 

The 10-acre agriculture plot is located at the northwest corner of campus, near 10th Street and Pete Ellis Drive.

Food grown at the farm will be available at IU Athletics locations, the Indiana Memorial Union and Residential Programs and Services dining locations, the release said. There will also be a community farm stand, and some of the produce will be donated to the Crimson Cupboard food pantry. 

Indiana Campus Farm will begin by growing fruit and vegetables, but it may also begin to raise animals later on.

Lydia Gerike

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