Luther College is proud to produce locally grown, organic food throughout the year for its Dining Services locations on campus. Approximately an acre of land, the farm is situated just west of Luther’s main campus, across Highway 52. A team of Luther students plant, weed, and harvest a variety of products through sustainable practices in cooperation with Luther’s Dining Services provider, Sodexo. Since its inception in 2010, Luther’s production gardens have seen a steady increase in production each year to date. Additionally, Luther boasts a 2,880ft² high tunnel that has allowed the production gardens to extend its season substantially and add another educational opportunity for the community.
Luther Gardens reports to the Center for Sustainable Communities and partners with Sodexo to provide locally grown, organic food to students, faculty, and staff. The garden staff meets with Dining Services management throughout the year to determine which vegetables and herbs the gardens can produce for the Luther community. Looking for gaps in the local market, the Luther Gardens staff develops a production plan that meets the needs of Luther’s Dining Services. From this production plan, pricing is set for the season and harvest goals are developed by the staff.