Turning Morven Into a Working Farm?

In the current (soon-to-be prior) issue of C-Ville Weekly, Jayson Whitehead writes about a pretty cool idea: turning Morven into a farm to grow food for UVa. John Kluge donated the 7,400 acres to UVa in 2001, and the university has been trying to figure out what to do with the land that they haven’t sold off. Urban & Environmental Planning graduate student Anne Bedarf has pitched her idea to the UVA Foundation (which owns all of UVa’s land), and they’ve been receptive.

I considered attending Asheville college Warren Wilson after high school and was pleased to find, when I visited, that they had their own farm for just this purpose. Yale does the same thing.

5 Responses to “Turning Morven Into a Working Farm?”

  • I think it’s a GRAND idea! With the cost of transportation and the weather issues for our food supplies, I think we all need to be considering growing some food closer to home. This would be a great idea and follow in the steps of other great universities doing it.

  • I think it is a grand idea! The students and others can have jobs and learn about sustainable farming….it makes perfect sense to me!

  • Thanks for the support! Jayson Whitehead is actually the author of the C-ville article. He’s doing a lot of good reporting on local food; I just saw him at the Community Food Systems Planning Class presentation at City Hall.

  • Huh, weird — the story was credited to Will Goldsmith. Now the URL is broken. Anyhow, I’ve changed the credit from Will Goldsmith and updated the link. Thanks!

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