Students also get to choose what to plant. They are currently growing kale, spinach, chard, and arugula. Restaurants in Cate Center will be able to serve the produce harvested from the Leafy Green Machine at their restaurants.
“There are not a whole lot of places doing what Freight Farm is doing,” said McDowell. OU is one of six universities in the country to bring a Freight Farm to campus and the first university in the Big 12 to do so. “It demonstrates an amount of commitment that Housing and Food has not only for the students, but also for the community,” said McDowell.
If the farm goes well, there’s a possibility OU will bring more Freight Farms to OU, allowing more access to locally grown produce “It really is a stepping stone for more sustainability efforts on campus,” said Allyson. “Whether it’s another Freight Farm or more recycling, it shows that OU cares about green initiatives,” she said.
Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the grand opening of the Leafy Green Machine Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Cate Social Lounge by sampling produce grown and harvested from the Freight Farm. Allyson hopes the grand opening will raise awareness and encourage students to get involved with the effort to keep locally sourced produce on campus.