The Painted Turtle Farm partners with Gettysburg College departments and local organization for success and sustainability.
GETTYSBURG COLLEGE PARTNERSHIPS:
The Environmental Studies department has been vital to the initiation and supervision of the Painted Turtle Farm. The garden offers a venue for environmental education, research and initiatives to take place. Environmental Studies majors are afforded the opportunity to serve as interns for the Painted Turtle Farm each summer.
Center for Public Service
The Center for Public Service has provided funding and been a source of connections to the community. In 2013, the Center for Public Service began collaborating with the Environmental Studies department for supervision of the Painted Turtle Farm and the transition of the garden into a Community Garden and Training Center for Food Justice.
Produce scraps, eggshells,and other compostable material are collected from Dining Services. It is then piled into compost bins to supplement the farm's soil, sustainably maintaining soil health and reducing the College’s contribution to the waste stream. The program won state and national honors in RecycleMania's 2008 Food Service Organics competition, placing fifth in Pennsylvania and 37th nationally.
Facility Services supports the Painted Turtle Farm by providing expertise and assistance on maintenance of the property as well as providing soil, leaves, yard waste, and garden weeds to assist with composting.
Farmhouse, the campus' sustainability and social justice theme house, partners closely with the Painted Turtle Farm for education, volunteering and campus collaboration.
Gettysburg's Growing Place
In collaboration with the Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College, pre-school classes at Gettysburg's Growing Place have enjoyed many summers at the Painted Turtle Farm, learning about healthy lifestyles and environmental responsibility. The educational component has featured farming and nutrition, by teaching children skills like gleaning, composting, organic farming, and choosing healthy foods which will help them cultivate a health relationship between their food and health for the rest of their lives.
Amazing Heart Farm
Elizabeth Weller of Amazing Heart Farm CSA has provided expertise and encouragement to student interns for many years. In 2013 she became the an official advisor to the student interns for the transition to the Community Garden and Training Center as well as growing expertise.
Broad Valley Orchard
Thom and Judy Marti of Broad Valley Orchard CSA have been farming for over 25 years. They have provided advise, education and internships to Gettysburg College and the Painted Turtle Farm for many years.
Adams County Food Policy Council
The Adams County Food Policy has been integral in the establishment of the Community Garden and Training Center. As the Council works towards finding community solutions for food system change, community members provided leadership, research, feedback and inspiration to make the transition to the Community Garden and Training Center possible. Healthy Options educational sessions often overlap with the gardening classes at the Painted Turtle Farm.
Casa de la Cultura
Casa de la Cultura aims to provide promote the cultural rights of immigrant communities and has been a vital partner. Many of the families who are part of Community Garden and Training Center are members of Casa de la Cultura.
Adams County Circles Initiative
Many of the Circle Leaders from the Adams County Circles Initiative discuss issues of food insecurity as they work to transition of out poverty. As a leading voice in the community, Circle Leaders help push for community and food system change by providing expertise and feedback as well as taking part in educational initiatives through the Painted Turtle Farm.
Penn State Agricultural Extension
Penn State Extension conducts research on sustainable agricultural practices and provides certificate programs and resources for new, beginning and minority farmers.
South Central Community Action Programs - Food Pantry
SCCAP's Food Pantry has been assisting the Painted Turtle Farm for many years by distributing the bounty to clients who desire fresh food!
Adams County Farmers Market Association
The Adams County Farmers Market Association supports the Painted Turtle Farm by welcoming gardeners as temporary vendors to practice direct-marketing skills and sell products.
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Amazing Heart Farm
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