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Ivy League Farmers

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Gourmet Live guest columnist Nozlee Samadzadeh goes inside some of the country’s top universities to find a surprising new crop of students who are turning from hedge funds and law firms to land activism and animal husbandry.

That today’s hyper–busy college students are choosing to slow down and prioritize food and agriculture is itself remarkable. Between classes, extracurricular activities, socializing, and landing that all–important summer job or internship, students are making a conscious decision to learn more about their local food systems and are asking their colleges to support that decision. Colleges are listening, too. Six of the eight Ivy League schools have farm or garden spaces as a result of student organizing: the Yale Sustainable Food Project, the Dartmouth Organic Farm, the Brown University Sustainable Food Initiative, the Harvard Community Garden, Cornell’s Dilmun Hill Student Farm, and the Columbia University Food Sustainability Project. “Students solely established the garden—[it] was quite the battle to get through Columbia’s red tape, but once we proved we could do it, [the administration is] much more enthusiastic about helping us with supplies and new projects,” said Kristina Gsell, student president of the Columbia University Food Sustainability Project.

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2 Responses to Ivy League Farmers

    Arminda Smith says:

    Good to see other Ivy League students are turning to farming. I graduated from Brown University in 2007 and have recently kicked my farm into gear. In my travels, however, it has become clear that this trade is of interest to more than just Ivy League students. There are lots of public and small liberal arts schools that are encouraging young farmers with aplomb. I’m excited to see how this interest develops. If you want to watch how my farm is developing, visit http://www.homesteadyear.com. Thanks Gourmet for covering this topic!

    Rebecca says:

    I’m a recent Cornell and Columbia grad and I’m currently in my first year of farming. I’m in upstate New York starting a small, organic, sustainable vegetable farm. We have chickens and pigs on the way. Obviously I have a blog as well. I’m from New York City originally, so if you’re interested in joining me on my journey as I live deep in the country and try to grow all my own food visit http://inextricablelands.wordpress.com