Clemson Farm Aid Festival to benefit local sustainable agriculture
By Hannah Sykes
CLEMSON — Sustainable agriculture will get a boost at the second annual Clemson Farm Aid Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Clemson University Student Organic Farm on Perimeter Road. This free festival is open to the public. Parking costs $5.
Organized by Students for Environmental Awareness and the Student Organic Farm, the festival will support the organic farm and raise awareness about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
The festival will feature live music all day. There will be opportunities to make candy apples, climb a hay bale tower and paint a mural to be displayed at the farm. Participants can enjoy food from local restaurants, as well as a bake sale, a farm animal showcase and gift raffles.
Last year’s event raised $2,700 to help offset funding cuts to the organic farm. Kelly Gilkerson and Blake Storey, coordinators for this year’s event, anticipate 500 to 600 people to attend and hope to raise at least $5,000 this year.
“The intention of this event is to highlight the importance of local farms and raise funds to support research, education and outreach programs at the Clemson University Student Organic Farm,” Gilkerson said.
The Student Organic Farm occupies 15 acres of land in the Calhoun Field Laboratory dedicated to sustainable agriculture production and education. Since 2005, the farm has been certified organic and uses no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.