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ACRES Student Farm

Here at ACRES, we have more than just veggies growing. Check out all of our projects and programs and help our ideas grow!

Garden fresh veggies, the sustainable way!

The majority of what ACRES does involves cultivating crops that are later sold at the Laramie Farmers' Market and given in CSA shares (what's a CSA share?). ACRES also strives to be sustainable in every respect, so the farm operates using organic methods and practices whenever possible. This means that we greatly restrict use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers with our precious vegetables. Our primary source of fertilizer comes from fish emulsion, an organic fertilizer. We rotate our crops every season and amend the soil with our very own compost (see more about our composting operation), bringing the sustainability full circle; from soil to crops to compost and then back to soil. These sustainable advantages are passed on to you, as our produce travels only a few miles from where it's grown to where it's sold.

Growing at the farm

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Curious as to what we grow at ACRES (or, in other words, what can grow well in Laramie)? Here's a quick list:

Red Onions

Leaf crops: lettuce, spinach, arugula, sorrel, kale, mustards, collards

Root crops: carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, kohlrabi, rutabaga, potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, sunchokes   

Other crops: zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas (sugar snap and snow),  broccoli, cauliflower, collards, brussels sprouts

Herbs: chives, mint, oregano, tarragon, dill, cilantro, basil

Berries: strawberries, raspberries
These are not the only plants that can grow in Laramie, but these are our old reliables, so to speak. We are always experimenting with new crops!

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CSA Program

Due to the success of our pilot CSA program during the summer of 2010, we have expanded and are continuing this wonderful opportunity to promote local agriculture. What is a CSA? CSA stands for community supported agriculture, a program in which members buy a "share" (or a half share) of produce at the beginning of the season and then receive a basket of said produce every week of the season. CSA programs form a more intimate relationship between farmers and consumers, as the consumers share the risks and benefits of farming. For example, if the farmer has a bumper tomato crop, CSA participants will likely share in the bounty. However, if the farm's spinach is wiped out by a hail storm, the farm as well as the CSA members will share the loss.  

Interested in joining the ACRES CSA Program for the summer of 2013? Unfortunately we have sold all of our CSA shares for the 2013 season.  Please keep us in mind for next season!

harvesting

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Composting

Have you ever enjoyed food and/or beverages from high quality Laramie restaurants such as Coal Creek Coffee Company, Turtle Rock Coffee, or The Grounds? Or maybe you've eaten at a University of Wyoming venue, such as Washakie Dining Center, the Union Food Court, or UW Catering? If so, you have participated in ACRES Student Farm's composting program!

How it works: twice a week, we drive around town in our farm truck and collect vegetable and fruit scraps, egg shells, and coffee grounds from the above mentioned restaurants. We then haul this precious organic matter back to the farm where we add it to our compost piles, and after several months under our care, the compost piles have been transformed from lowly kitchen waste into nutrient-packed soil. We then use this top quality dirt to grow our own veggies!

If you would like to donate your own kitchen scraps to ACRES, we have two community compost drop-off sites: one along the fence of the West side of the parking lot to UW's Agricultural Experiment Station (on the corner of 30th and Harney) and the second location is behind the Haub School (Bim Kendall House at 804 E Fremont) We ask that your donations consist only of pre-prepared fruit and veggie scraps (sorry, no table scraps, unless they have not been prepared, such as baked potato skins and grapefruit rinds), egg shells, and coffee grounds. Please don't include any dairy or meat products! For specific questions about what can and can't be included, please email us at uwstudentfarm@gmail.com

composting

 

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Feeding Laramie Valley

ACRES donates weekly to Feeding Laramie Valley during the growing season to help support our Laramie community.

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Sustainable Salad Spinner

ACRES is proud to share one of our own creations with the community: a sustainable salad spinner! Since all of our produce is hand washed before it is sold, we spend a great deal of time trying to rid our lettuce, spinach, and spring mix of excess water. Until just recently, we used small, plastic salad spinners which, as you can imagine, made the process very slow and laborious. However, thanks to some creative and crafty members, we now have an industrial-sized, bicycle-powered salad spinner. This lean mean spinning' machine is made from recycled materials and consists of a bicycle attached to a washing machine barrel.  Designed and constructed by some of our very past members. 

Spinning Salad

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ACRES Student Farm

1000 E. University Ave., Dept 3354

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4103

Email: uwstudentfarm@gmail.com

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