Produce available for campus community

Starting June 9, students and community members will have access to campus-grown vegetables available throughout the summer.

The University Sustainable Student Farm will be selling all kinds of vegetables including head lettuce, spinach, basil, parsley, bok choy, cilantro and baby salad green on the Quad.

The student farm is a joint venture of the Department of Crop Sciences, the Student Sustainability Committee and Dining Services.

These campus-grown organic vegetables have been used by University dining halls throughout the year.

This year marks the second sale of these vegetables, with extended hours from last year.

The event will be held every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Depending on demand and interest, the sales will last until August.

The farm stand is located behind the Illini Union on the Quad.

Bruce Branham, professor in crop sciences, said the farm started with a Student Sustainability Committee grant.

“Usually the campus-grown vegetables go to the dining service, but we do this event to raise money to support the farm,” Branham said.

He added that before 2009, there were several attempts at having a student farm.

“I thought it would be nice to have a student farm,” Branham said. “From this idea, we were able to grow foods in order to help the community to have fresh vegetables.”

Zach Grant, the farm manager of the University Sustainable Student Farm, said the sales are going well compared to the first days of the previous year’s sale.

“We are willing to have this event for 22 weeks,” Grant said. “As considering the number of people on campus, I believe it is going well.”

Grant added that there will be longer hours than usual in order to give more access to people who do not know about this event.

Miki Palchick, a summer employee at the Sustainable Student Farm, has worked there since the fall and holds a positive outlook on this event’s future.

“I think this event is nice to have to become attached with the community,” Palchick said.