This winter’s Locavorious share will include at least one bag of certified organic raspberries from the Michigan State Student Organic Farm (SOF)!!
The Student Organic Farm began as a student-initiated project in 1999, and with the assistance of horticulture professor John Beirnbaum; by the spring of 2002 they were in production. The MSU Student Organic Farm is a 10-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm. They operate a CSA, farm stand, and sell produce to the MSU dining halls, as well as a grocery store or two. The farm also operates an intensive 9-month organic farmer training program in year-round organic farming focusing on diversified production.
Their lovely organic raspberries are grown in passive solar heated greenhouses, also known as hoophouses or high tunnels.
Curious about where your raspberries come from? On Monday, September 17, 5:30 – 7:30 there is a tour of the MSU Organic Fruit High Tunnel. Join MSU professors for a twilight tour of the three season high tunnels located at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center and learn about raspberry and sweet cherry culture, apple nursery propagation, irrigation and soil fertility management, and pest management.