A man in an orange shirt harvests tomatoes in a greenhouse.

Harvest: Sustainability Month at GVSU and the SAP Farm

On a cold and rainy afternoon, students and faculty assembled at the Sustainable Agriculture Project to harvest the final crops of the season. 

Following the gathering, the group shared a meal, including dishes made with ingredients that had been grown on location. Despite the damp weather, over 20 people hunkered down together under a tent and exchanged stories, talking about how they each connected with the farm. 

Two students shovel mulch into a wheelbarrow
A greenhouse on the farm, surrounded by white clouds.

Some, like Miranda Gonyeau, interned at the SAP over the summer in relation to her major. Others, like nursing student Jai Escobar, learned about it in a one-credit elective and decided to visit. Ryleigh Contreras-Crawford needed volunteer hours for a scholarship, and Heather Moody, an associate professor of geography in her first year at Grand Valley, got involved because the farm falls perfectly into her area of study. 

The variety of people at the harvest party perfectly reflected the wide range of events, programs, and groups involved with Sustainability Month at GVSU. It has been a campuswide effort to celebrate the month, including the Climate Change Education Solutiuons Summit, talks on environmental justice and edible insects, and fresh produce sold under the carillon every week in Allendale.

See more photos from the SAP Farm’s final harvest in this photo essay. 

An above shot of bell peppers organized by color: red, purple, and green


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