Director of UC-Davis student farm to kick off Sustainable Ag Seminar Series

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The long-time director of the student farm at University of California-Davis, Mark Van Horn, will give the first lecture in the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series this February.

The Penn State Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Penn State Student Farm Initiative are bringing Van Horn to the University Park campus Friday, Feb. 13.

The seminar will take place from 12:20-1:10 p.m. in Room 101 of the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. A question-and-answer session will follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 118. The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Pennsylvania State Program will sponsor the event.

Van Horn will speak about the development and operation of the student farm at UC-Davis, and the lessons he learned through his experience. For more than 25 years, Van Horn has guided the progress of a program dedicated to experiential learning in agriculture, sustainability, the environment and food through the use of the 20-acre student farm.

He has facilitated engaged scholarship at UC-Davis by providing students with internship, employment and volunteer opportunities at the farm alongside formal courses and independent studies.

For more information about the event, contact Charlie White at

To learn more about the Penn State Student Farm Initiative and to get involved, visit or contact Leslie Pillen at

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Last Updated January 28, 2015