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Clemson Organic Farm

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Reclaiming Clemson's Legacy to Meet Today's Urgent Need - Modeling Our Agricultural Future Today. The mission of the Clemson University Student Organic Farm (SOF) is to provide an experiential learning environment to develop and demonstrate farming systems and strategies that are ecologically, economically and socially sustainable, and that will strengthen local food systems. Our Legacy Located in Clemson's historic Calhoun Field Laboratory (also known as the "Clemson Botoms"), the current site was once farmed by the Cherokee Indians in their village of Sinica. Naturalist William Bartram wrote in 1776, "The Cherokee town of Sinica is a very respectable settlement situated on the east bank of the Keowee (Seneca) River." Later the same land was farmed by John C. Calhoun: "I assure you, I do not exaggerate when I say that never saw such a splendid agricultural sight. The farm is a model farm." The Farm Today Established in 2001, the SOF occupies approximately 15 acres on Clemson campus. Certified organic in 2005, the SOF follows the USDA National Organic Program guidelines, which prohibit the application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Students are involved in all aspects of farm management, production and marketing. The farm offers research opportunities for graduate students, and provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience in organic systems. Farm production includes a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, including heirloom and ethnic varieties, culinary herbs, cut flowers, and small fruit. Produce is available to the public through a subscription program and a weekly Farmers Market. Please help us preserve the SOF and increase our outreach: Thomas Clemson established Clemson as a land grant institution in his will "to benefit the agricultural and mechanical industries." Help us continue to model solutions and lead the way, and work with us to meet the urgent needs of today: www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/donate.htm