Earlier this week, Worcester State University installed a Leafy Green Machine on campus to begin growing all local lettuce...year-round. Spearheading the Freight-Farm-to-Table concept, their goal is to provide the freshest food possible to the student body while continuing to encourage and inspire students to be more sustainable.

Worcester State University Dining Director, Richard Perna, has been eager to get the LGM to their campus to say the least.

A greenhouse has been on our wish list. This is so far beyond just having a greenhouse. It’s an acre’s worth of farming inside a shipping container. It’s farm-to-table on steroids; it is 100 feet from the ‘farm’ to our tables in Sheehan’s POD dining hall.
— Richard Perna, WSU Dining Director

We were able to speak at length with the Chartwells team during their Farm Camp training at Freight Farms HQ, and there is no doubt that their enthusiasm about the project will ensure its success.

This project also supports Worcester State’s continued commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. The university was recently recognized by the Governor Baker administration, which gave WSU a “Leading by Example” award for implementing numerous sustainable measures, such as solar panels, introducing Zipcar to campus, and providing a bike-share program.

WSU is anticipating their first harvest in January 2016, and we will keep you up to date with their progress! To watch the installation of their LGM, check out this video.

If you want to read more about the benefits of having an LGM on campus head right here, and if you would like to find out how to get growing with Freight Farms fill out our contact form!

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