Student farmer sells produce to Sonoma State dining services

Students uses small plot farming to grow sustainable produce.

Jan. 28—Small plot intensive (SPIN) farming has enabled the dining services of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., to buy sustainable produce from one of the school’s students.

Mac Hart, a junior environmental studies and planning major, was introduced to SPIN farming when he worked at a community garden. SPIN farming is a technique where the grower makes farm sized income from garden sized plots. With the garden being productive and the attainment of the proper insurance paper work, Mac started selling produce to Sonoma State’s Dining services. Not only is Mac’s garden sustainable, but his delivery methods are as well. With a used trailer hitch and his bike, he delivers produce by the pound over to dining services. 

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