WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Student Farm will provide fresh, locally grown vegetables to community members this summer and fall through the Boilermaker Vegetable Season Pass, now in its fourth year.
The community-supported agriculture program provides an educational experience for students as well as weekly bags of fresh vegetables and herbs for community participants.
“We get the opportunity to apply sustainable agricultural practices and experience the delicious results,” says Wil Brown-Grimm, an undergraduate in sustainable food and farming systems. “The CSA program gives a sense of gratification because we’re able to directly interact with those who enjoy our produce.”
Day-to-day farm operations are managed by several student groups: those enrolled in the Small Farms Experience courses, volunteers involved in the Purdue Student Farm Organization, part-time undergraduate interns and full-time undergraduate summer interns.
Boilermaker Vegetable Season Pass began as a pivot after pandemic-related issues led to the temporary closure of Purdue’s student dining halls, the primary customers for the Student Farm. After the dining halls reopened, the Student Farm prioritized the program and has continued to provide produce to members each season.
“I really enjoy running the CSA program,” says Chris Adair, Purdue Student Farm manager. “It provides fresh produce to the local community while also supporting the students as they grow and learn throughout the season.”
Aaron Thompson, associate professor of landscape architecture, said, “As a family, we look forward to weekly pickups at the Student Farm – everyone gets involved in sorting, tasting and preparing a wide range of foods each week. The assortment in the box provides us with our usual staples while encouraging us to try new fruits and vegetables. We couldn’t be happier with the service, experience and opportunity to support the Student Farm.”
Sign up for the Boilermaker Vegetable Season Pass to get your weekly bag of Purdue-grown vegetables and herbs.
22 weeks: June 23-November 18
$27.23/week (total value $599)
Address for pickup:
1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Make checks payable to:
Purdue Student Farm
625 Agricultural Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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