Local Food & Agriculture
Allegheny College supports locally and sustainably-produced food though curricular content, in our dining halls, annual events, and community collaborations.
- We host the very popular annual DeHart Local Foods Dinner on campus to celebrate the agricultural bounty of Crawford County and remember the legacy of local food activist, Jennifer DeHart. The event includes a meal of locally grown and produced foods and an outdoor festival of local vendors, farm animals, games and a live band.
- Our dining service, Parkhurst also incorporates local foods into daily dining hall meals through its FarmSource program. This includes produce grown on campus in the Carr Hall Garden.
- Allegheny hosts the Food & Agriculture Resources for Meadville (FARM) website with the mission to provide information about local food and agriculture resources and support more communication among farmers, consumers, social services, and other related groups.
- Allegheny is also a partner in the development of the Community Garden at the MARC, an educational and community space to grow fresh produce in a hoop house, raised beds and perennial plantings.
The Food for Sustainability Project increases public understanding of sustainable systems by promoting sustainable values, attitudes and practices. The project utilizes aquaponic systems for indoor, year-round tilapia and lettuce production that would otherwise be difficult in the cold-weather climate of the Great Lakes region. The products, which are sold to Parkhurst Dining Services, are incorporated into Allegheny’s campus dining menu throughout the year. The Project has placed aquaponics systems in the downtown Market House and partnered with local schools to create classroom sized aquaponics systems and develop curriculum plans with teachers.
Allegheny College faculty and students collaborated with local manufacturer Acutec Precision Machining to produce a wind feasibility study. The project examined wind and power potential, GIS, appropriate turbine types, and economic feasibility.
At the heart of the nationally recognized Creek Connections program is a collaboration between the college and public school districts in western Pennsylvania and New York for the purpose of encouraging natural science education through hands-on field and laboratory experiences.