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Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Fund

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University has established the Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Fund to honor the memory and work of Dave Feenstra at Grand Valley State University and to carry out his vision for the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Dave Feenstra was a beloved member of the GVSU community.  He worked for Facilities Services for 18 years.  In that role, he had a tremendous impact on sustainability projects for the university.  He retired from his position  as a maintenance supervisor at GVSU relatively early in life to fulfill his life-long dream of farming.  Dave and his brother, Bern, ran the largest asparagus farm in West Michigan.  He also opened a 90,000 square foot greenhouse in Allendale, Michigan, to provide quality, healthy, and affordable plants to the community.  In 2014, he returned to GVSU as the Farm Manager for the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP).  He was tremendously influential in helping the SAP pass the necessary food safety assessments in order to provide produce to GVSU’s Campus Dining.  He also served as a mentor to many students and colleagues at the farm, selflessly sharing his expertise and leadership.  Dave also developed a strategic plan for the SAP that will guide  its expansion and operation for years to come.  He will be missed by many for his wisdom, caring heart, and thoughtful remarks.

The purpose of the fund is honor Dave’s legacy by  providing financial support for one or more GVSU students to work on projects  at the SAP in Dave’s special areas of interest that benefit the SAP and meet learning goals of the student.  Awardees will be named as “Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Interns”.  

 

Contributions  to the Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Student Internship Fund can be made in one of two ways:

 

  • Donations online can be made here
  • By sending a check made out to “Grand Valley State University” with “Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Fund” in the memo line.

Checks should be mailed to:
University Development
Grand Valley State University
301 Fulton St W
PO Box 2005
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2005

 

For questions about internship and the sustainable agriculture project, please contact Yumi Jakobcic at jakobciy@gvsu.edu

To learn more about the Sustainable Agriculture Project at GVSU, please see http://www.gvsu.edu/sustainableagproject/

Student Sustainability Endowment Fund

This fund has been established as an endowment fund as well as a pass through account. The fund is focused on developing paid internship positions for students to work for companies and organizations within the public, private, and service sectors within the greater Grand Rapids community. The Office of Sustainability Practices will work closely with career services and other GVSU departments as well as organizations and businesses in the community to develop positions where sustainable development best practices can be applied to help solve real world systemic issues within our community. The pass through option for this fund will allow for contributions to be applied immediately for internship positions.

To donate to the Student Sustainability Endowment Fund, you will need to select "new gift" or "payment on a previous pledge." On the next screen you will see our fund listed as the 4th line item. Click here to make a donation! We appreciate donations of any amount and thank you for your commitment to sustainable education and practices.

Sustainability Leadership Fund

This fund has been established for corporate donors, businesses, foundations, and other charitable organizations to contribute funds for ongoing Office of Sustainability Practices programs and activities both on campus and the community. These funds will be focused on providing support and resources for sustainability programs, activities and events such as with the opportunity to establish a sustainability speaker series on campus and partnering with other local colleges, universities and organizations.

To donate to the Sustainability Leadership Fund, you will need to select "new gift" or "payment on a previous pledge." On the next screen you will see our fund listed as the 4th line item. Click here to make a donation! We appreciate donations of any amount and thank you for your commitment to sustainable education and practices.