You may be interested in knowing that university officials recently completed a restructured memorandum of understanding for the Michigan State University (MSU) Student Organic Farm (SOF). This will secure the farm’s future, allowing it to continue to play an essential role, providing students a formal approach to learning about organic farming through an intensive training program.
Through outreach and extension programming, the SOF works with both urban and rural growers to provide training. It also partners with groups and individuals to create educational and research opportunities in hoophouse and greenhouse production, boost the education of dining hall consumers about local and organic food, and assist in many other areas. It reaches out to the community through the Student Organic Farm Stand and other programs.
Farm programs director Jeremy Moghtader and undergraduate engagement coordinator Laurie Thorp currently lead the SOF. They will now be joined by an outreach-engagement coordinator and a research coordinator.
The SOF Advocacy Council will help support and advise the farm, advocating for its success. In addition, a faculty, staff and student advisory group will advise the management team.