Year of Food: Community-Based Opportunities


Students are able to engage with food by taking part in growing food as well as recovering and redistributing food. A few opportunities include: 

Adams County Food Policy Council
In the interest of health and sustainability, The Adams County Food Policy Council  promotes the integration of the individual, community, the economy, and the environment. We engage  with businesses, institutions, social service agencies, community members, the agricultural sector, and government to develop food policy and take action.

Students can join a monthly meeting or support the implementation of a variety of community programs aimed at increasing access to healthy food. 

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Painted Turtle Farm 
Painted Turtle Farm is a campus-community hub for food justice located near the West Building on campus. Students work together with immigrant families to grow Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, share food traditions and create a discourse about economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Students can plant, weed and harvest veggies while learning about sustainable agriculture. 

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Sherfy Battlefield Garden
Sherfy Battlefield Garden is in the National Military Park on the Sherfy Homestead (about 2 miles from campus). Started by the Gettysburg Foundation with the support of 2013 Environmental Studies capstone students, this Civil War era garden grows vegetables for the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College.  

Students can plant, weed and harvest veggies while learning about Civil War history and agriculture. 

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Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College
Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College rescues food, repackages it into nutritious meals and delivers them through partner agencies. The delivery is accompanied by a visit, strengthening relationships in the community.

Students have repackage, cook, deliver and share meals with community members. 

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Food, Land, People
Food, Land, People is a 6-week afterschool educational on-campus program for 4th and 5th graders

Students facilitate a hands-on learning curriculum about the relationship between food, land and people.


The Gleaning Project
The Gleaning Project collects leftover crops from fields and orchards and distributes it through a network of hunger-relief and anti-poverty organizations in Franklin and Adams Counties. 

Students can assist with gleans, organizing donations and fundraisers. 

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Adams County Farmers Market Association
Adams County Farmers Market Association holds two weekly farmers markets May through October. They are Thursday from 2-6pm on the Square in Gettysburg and Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. 

Students can staff the outreach table, support market event and assist with market set-up and breakdown. 

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Ruth's Harvest Gettysburg
Ruth's Harvest Gettysburg is a free free, shared program between the Gettysburg Ministerium, GASD & community partners to help local families by providing a backpack of healthy food and snacks to qualified students at James Gettys Elementary each Friday.

Students can assist by supporting food drives and preparing backpacks.

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