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SDSU starts student farm for local foods

Posted: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

South Dakota State University undergrads Annette Weckert and Brett Owens work at the Brookings Farmers Market on Wednesday, organizing and distributing produce for the SDSU Student Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program. Photo by Jill Fier/Register / SDSU students Trey Owens, Brett Owens and Annette Weckert work at the SDSU Student Farm this spring. Courtesy photo

BROOKINGS – When people think of agricultural food crops, they probably envision corn, beans or wheat.

However, horticulture food crops, such as fruits and vegetables, are an important part of agriculture, says Kimberly James, instructor of horticulture at South Dakota State University.

James oversees a new SDSU Student Farm, which opened this spring to teach students about growing local foods for market.

"Local food is great for so many reasons," said James. "It can add to local economies, improve nutrition, benefit the land through sustainable practices, and of course it tastes great. I am very pleased that SDSU, the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and the Plant Science Department recognize the importance of local food to South Dakota and have supported the development of the student farm."

For the complete article see the 07-12-2013 issue.

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