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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

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The Knox Farm, consisting of an acre of outdoor growing area and two season-extending "high tunnel" structures, produces food for on-campus use and for sharing with the community.

As one part of Knox's commitment to a transparent and more localized food chain, all of the food produced in the large high tunnel is served in Knox dining services, 110 yards east of the farm. The soil is amended with campus-generated compost, and no pesticides or artificial soil amendments are used within the farm. The second high tunnel, funded in part by a grant form the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association, will be used primarily for academic programs.

A variety of crops are grown in spring and fall, for fresh use in the salad bar. During the summer, the high tunnel is dedicated to tomato production. Kitchen staff weekly cook them down into sauce, which is preserved for use during the fall term. More than 1,000 pounds of food was produced during summer 2014.


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