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The CC Farm

The Colorado College Student Farm is a space for learning and engagement around sustainable agriculture, food security, personal nutrition, and permaculture practice in the Pikes Peak Region. The Farm has been a space where students have cultivated sustainably grown foods, and also created opportunities for engagement around issues of food production and sustainability on the Colorado College Campus. CC Student Farm Interns have served as leaders in cultivating a culture of engagement around issues related to permaculture and sustainable food production in the Pikes Peak Region, and our students maintain active partnerships with community organizations including the Colorado Springs Food Rescue.

At this time the Office of Sustainability oversees the CC Farm. Our office took over responsibilities at the start of the academic year (2019-20) from the CCE. If you are interested in getting involved, please read the FAQ prior to reaching out to our office. The FAQ covers the current state of the farm, the plans for the 2020 growing season, and next steps. If you have additional questions not covered in the FAQ, please contact the Sustainability Director, Ian Johnson at ijohnson@coloradocollege.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What were the previous issues of the CC Farm?

A: As mentioned in the previous section, there have been many issues that have impacted the CC Farm. Some examples are included below to give an idea of these impacts.

  • In the past, the Farm Internship was a yearlong commitment that included the summer. It was very difficult for students commit to working for the entire year, often burning out due to various valid reasons. In addition, the typical growing season starts in May and goes until October - with the heavy lifting over the summer. Without proper funding to house and pay students, it makes it challenging (not impossible!) to get students to commit their entire summer to working on the farm.
  • Due to the ongoing rotation of students, there was a lack of knowledge transferred each year, and essentially each group would have to start over. While this can be beneficial to students who go through this process, it is not great in building a robust and ongoing farming program.
  • There is a need for a better fence to be added to the property; before any farm, work is started because the deer have gotten into the CC Farm and eaten everything. The CC Farm has recently gotten approval through local land use review, but funding will need to be secured to construct it. The cost of this fence is estimated around $20,000-$30,000.

Q: What are some of the thoughts around the purpose of the CC Farm moving forward?

A: There has been much discussion around making the CC Farm a demonstration area that showcases various sustainable agricultural practices and farming methods, such as permaculture, biodynamic farming, hydroponics and/or aquaponics, urban agriculture, etc. Other thoughts that have been brought up include making this into a student club farm. That being said, moving forward the farm must 1) reach a broader set of students with high impact, 2) connect better to the Colorado Springs community and the CC community and 3) must have continuous leadership and direction through the ever-changing student population. We are in the process of looking into other ideas and robust farms at other higher education institutions.

Q: When will the CC Farm be operational again?

A: Realistically, we do not expect that the farm will be operational sooner than spring 2021. In the meantime, the bees are being taken care of by a faculty member and Facilities Services has received a cover crop work order to maintain the CC Farm until we are ready to move forward. Cover cropping is part of a responsible management plan for any farm or garden and helps keep weeds down, provides habitat for pollinators, and builds soil. In the meantime, there is to be no small projects started at the CC Farm. This would undermine the work that is currently being pursued to intentionally re-design the purpose of the farm.

Q: I'm a student who is really passionate about getting involved, in the meantime, what can I do?

A: There is an official CC Student Farm Club. For more information on how to join, please visit the active student organization list for the most up-to-date contact information. We are working to gather all student interest into one 'space' for a more coordinated effort. We appreciate your passion and patience in being intentional and thoughtful to make the CC Farm sustainable and successful.

Q: What are some of the next steps that have to happen?

A: There are a few next steps that our office has identified. First would be to organize student interest into a productive working group. Next, to create an advisory group with representatives from Facilities Services, the Old North End Committee, and the Office of Sustainability to make recommendations to the administration. Finally, to secure funding for a new fence so that future crops doesn't get eaten by hungry deer and then to operate the farm in a way that meets all of the goals outlined above.

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