In July 2012 the Office for Sustainability launched WMU’s first produce stand. Throughout the summer interns, volunteers, and staff worked hard—pulling weeds, watering, and harvesting ripe produce— to sell fresh, tasty produce on Friday afternoons outside of the Gibbs House on Parkview Ave. Two student gardens yielded roughly 1,000 pounds of heirloom, open-pollinated fruits and vegetables to be sold to Kalamazoo residents at average farmer’s market prices. All proceeds are earmarked for future farm expenses such as facilities enhancements, seeds and starter plants, and equipment. In fall 2012 the Produce Stand moved to the parking lot of the Office for Sustainability.
Surplus produce is:
- Donated to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
- Used on campus by WMU Catering
- Given to volunteers, students, faculty, and staff to spread awareness about local, organic agriculture
Produce stand location and hours
Location: Office for Sustainability
Hours: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON