Presenter Information

Sarah Legg, University of Wyoming

Department

Department of Plant Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Urszula No rton

Description

Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability (ACRES) Student Farm is a student organization at the University of Wyoming whose mission is to provide the University of Wyoming and local Laramie communities with local, sustainably - grown produ ce while promoting agricultural awareness and involvement. As a well - established organization that provides community supported agriculture (CSA) shares, conducts a city - wide composting program, sells produce at two Laramie farmers’ markets, and provides countless educational and research opportunities, ACRES has experienced exponential growth in the six years since its conception. However, the transient nature of the student management and work force also causes the farm to continually suffer losses in ef ficiency and acquired knowledge, as the lack of consistent management leads to unsustainable internal functioning. This project seeks to develop alternatives for a management plan for ACRES that build on information regarding management structure from oth er student farms across the country and that also incorporate previous knowledge acquired by ACRES members. The research culminates in the creation of a management handbook for the on - site use of current and future ACRES members. The handbook will serve as a tool to help the farm run as efficiently as possible, thus sustaining ACRES for years to come.

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Sustaining Sustainability: a Management Plan for ACRES Student Farm

Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability (ACRES) Student Farm is a student organization at the University of Wyoming whose mission is to provide the University of Wyoming and local Laramie communities with local, sustainably - grown produ ce while promoting agricultural awareness and involvement. As a well - established organization that provides community supported agriculture (CSA) shares, conducts a city - wide composting program, sells produce at two Laramie farmers’ markets, and provides countless educational and research opportunities, ACRES has experienced exponential growth in the six years since its conception. However, the transient nature of the student management and work force also causes the farm to continually suffer losses in ef ficiency and acquired knowledge, as the lack of consistent management leads to unsustainable internal functioning. This project seeks to develop alternatives for a management plan for ACRES that build on information regarding management structure from oth er student farms across the country and that also incorporate previous knowledge acquired by ACRES members. The research culminates in the creation of a management handbook for the on - site use of current and future ACRES members. The handbook will serve as a tool to help the farm run as efficiently as possible, thus sustaining ACRES for years to come.