On the campus of the University of Illinois, nestled in between all the ag research fields, is the Sustainable Student Farm. The SSF serves as a production farm to supply U of I residence halls with locally grown, low-input, sustainable food. More importantly, the farm seeks to act as a living laboratory to connect students and community members to locally produced, small-scale growing operations.
Zack Grant, Managing Director of the SSF, drops by the studio to talk about his experience working on The Farm, the various educational opportunities it provides, the local food movement, collaborations with other units on campus, and more. And he lets us in on where and how you can actually purchase food grown on the farm.
Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday evening at 5:30 on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign, and is available as a podcast the following week.