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 to honor Dave’s legacy by providing financial support for a “lead intern” at the Sustainable Agriculture Project who exemplifies Dave’s natural leadership and mentorship skills. The awardee will be named the “Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Intern Leader.”