UMD Celebrates 7th Annual Farm Fest

Emily Ness
Updated: September 14, 2019 11:09 PM

It felt like fall at UMD Farm on Saturday during the 7th annual Farm Festival. Here, students and staff harvested the crops that they worked to grow all summer, while celebrating farming as a whole.


“This is definitely the most rewarding part of the job is getting to see the finished product of all the work we’ve put in all summer and also just having the community come out and gather around this event and see everyone excited about local food and local sustainability education,” Cole Grotting, Farm Manager said.

Complete with a farmer’s market, vendors, a local band and more, the theme for this year’s festival was ‘100% Fresh.’ Samples of the farm’s organic produce was available to the steadily growing crowd.

“We probably had a couple hundred people roll through throughout the day so we were very pleased with the turnout,” Grotting said.

Throughout the event, students and staff emphasized the importance of sustainability, ecological justice and supporting local farms.

“We had a couple years where we had some funding issues so I think we’re just out here celebrating that it’s another year we get to keep doing what we do here,” Grotting said.

The farm plans to continue persevering in their efforts to educate and feed the community. With the change of the season, they look forward to next year’s harvest.


Emily Ness

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