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January 2016

College farm reduces carbon footprint

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00January 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

BEREA, Ky. – The Berea College Farm, the oldest continuously operating student educational farm in the US, has cut its greenhouse gas emissions nearly 50% by expanding its organic crop production and adopting low-input livestock management practices. According to a new study published in the journal Ecological Engineering, the farm increased its acreage of organic grain and vegetable [...]

September 2015

Regional Food Networking Opportunities!

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00September 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, It may have been chilly for last weekend’s Celebrate the Harvest event, but the rain played nice for most of the day and we hope folks were able to get out and see all the amazing work Berea has accomplished in the effort to increase local food production, [...]

Picking Perfect Paw Paws

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00September 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, Even though I’m a Kentucky native, I had never heard of paw paws (Asimina triloba) until my twenties when I was managing the produce department at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington. A customer came into the store and asked if we carried this indigenous, green-colored fruit and at [...]

August 2015

Celebrate the Harvest Festival

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00August 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, Nothing brings people together like food. From family dinners and milestones to conferences and social gatherings, food is the focal point around which we commune, converse, and get to know each other. For those of you that live near Berea, September 12th is going to be an incredible [...]

Fresh Food for a Fresh Start

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, Faculty, staff, and students have migrated back to campus for the fall semester and we are thrilled to welcome new faces and old favorites to the Berea College Farm Store. For those of you that don’t yet know about us, the Farm Store is the retail outlet for [...]

Farm-To-Table Smoked Fish

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00August 19th, 2015|Farm-To-Table|

As yields from global wild fisheries have plateaued, aquaculture has played an increasingly important role in supplying seafood to satisfy the growing market demand. The United States imports about 90% of its seafood – mostly from Asia - and about half of this is from aquaculture. What potential, if any, does aquaculture hold for small [...]

Farm-To-Table Artisan Breads

2015-08-19T09:18:49-04:00August 19th, 2015|Farm-To-Table|

The Berea College Farm produces a variety of certified organic staple grains like wheat, barley, rye, oats and corn. These crops are grown in rotation with hay crops and pasture to protect soil quality and ensure adequate crop nutrition. Much of the grain is used to make baked goods like bread in the College Farm [...]

Farm-To-Table Hot Dogs

2015-08-19T09:18:49-04:00August 19th, 2015|Farm-To-Table|

There’s an old saying that some things, like sausage, are best appreciated when you don’t know how they’re made. But on the Berea College Farm transparency is one of our goals. Our pastured hogs are processed nearby at Marksbury Farm Market – a USDA-inspected facility. Some of the cuts are packaged for retail sale, while [...]

Hours of Operation

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00August 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, The fall semester is fast approaching which means new faces will soon be seen around campus and at the Berea College Farm Store. For those of you unfamiliar with Berea College’s labor program, every student accepted to the college receives a full tuition scholarship but also must work a [...]

Eating Ugly

2017-01-16T14:57:15-04:00August 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Dear Friends of the Berea College Farm, For those of us immersed in the food world, there seems to be an uptick in “ugly” food getting its day in the sun. Perhaps you’ve missed some of these less than glamorous headlines, but the Natural Resources Defense Council and the United Nations Environment Program have both [...]