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Students from Bob Genisot's classes worked with farmer Darrin Kimbler to assess the risks and opportunities associated with adding a CSA enterprise to an existing farm business.
Students met with Kimbler to create a personalized newsletter template and marketing materials in anticipation of the first CSA delivery. Interns Vai Triggiano and Reiley Hollenbeck spent time on the farm over the 2018 growing season to learn about managing animals and diverse vegetable crops in a direct-marketing context. After visiting the farm in the fall, students created a social media campaign to promote an Open Farm event, which welcomed CSA members and the community for a celebration of the local food in the harvest season.
In 2019, students partnered with the farm to learn about transplant production and crop planning in preparation for using these skills in greenhouses located on school grounds. By starting transplants in partnership with the farm, students learned about cold hardy varieties, season extension practices, and job skills that are applicable outside an agricultural context. Treating the farm as a living classroom, students investigated how the business principles of a successfully managed small farm translate to producing transplants that improve access to fresh food and support further school agriculture projects.