Environmental protection is one of the most important issues facing modern society. The Pomona College Organic Farm is one way that the school is encouraging environmental stewardship. Last Friday’s Earth Day Farm Fest was one of many events planned by the Pomona College Farm Club this year to draw attention to the farm and invite more students to enjoy all it has to offer.
Kayla Lanker PO ’19, a member of the Farm Club, helped out on the day of event.
“Our main objective of the Farm Fest is just to get the community and all the 5Cs involved to make the farm more accessible to everyone because a lot of the time, people don’t even know this place exists, and it’s a really great place to do a lot of things. We host this event every semester just to get people out here having fun, playing in the grass and stuff like that,” Lanker said.
The Farm Club collaborated with the Scripps Lasper Center for Leadership to celebrate Earth Day. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., hundreds of people, including students, faculty, and community members, came to the farm to enjoy music by student bands, contra dancing, and fresh food and drinks prepared on-site.
The 1.2-acre working farm has plots of fresh vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and bee hives.
“A lot of events happen on the farm. I know a lot of clubs do things here sometimes and we lead tours through the farm. We are definitely wanting to up that a little more to get more clubs involved with the farm,” Lanker said.
Food at the Farm Fest did not disappoint. Oven-made pizza, Grove House wraps, and freshly made smoothies were among the most popular choices of the day.
“This is actually my first time coming to the farm,” Laurel Hilliker PO ’18 said. “In fact, I have never successfully navigated to the farm until today. I came here today because two of my sponsees are doing the events, and I really like smoothies. So I just decided to come here and get some food.”
Various community groups such as the Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Claremont Forum (which organizes the Claremont Farmer’s Market), Food Forward, and the newly created Pomona Tree Campus Committee, among others, had tables set up.
In the spirit of Earth Day, students were also able to talk to sustainability leaders in the community and learn about what they have done to address environmental issues in the areas around us.