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RU freshmen get opportunity to live the farm life

More than 20 students from Radford University gleaned more than turnips when they visited a local working farm earlier this semester.

The Sept. 28 trip to Windy Hills Farm in Riner was part of the CORE Connections, a freshman learning community that blends two courses:  CORE 201 - Topics in Critical Inquiry and UNIV 100 - Introduction to Higher Education. Combining the use of a common reader with out of class events, CORE Connections allows new freshmen to meet in an intimate academic setting.

This year, students were assigned “See You in a Hundred Years” by writer Logan Ward. The book chronicles Ward’s experiment living off the land in the Shenandoah Valley in a manner similar to residents at the turn of the 20th century. CORE Connections students got a taste of Ward’s experience in their trip to the farm.

The purpose of the trip was to glean vegetables for the Society of St. Andrew, an organization that connects farmers and volunteers with charitable feeding organization. Gleaning is the practice of retrieving produce from fields that have already been commercially harvested.

The RU students were able to glean more than 3500 pounds of turnips that will directly benefit the hungry in the region.

CORE Connections is run by Radford’s Office of New Student Programs. To qualify, new freshmen must have Dual Enrollment credit for RU’s CORE 101 and 102 courses.  In most cases, this means that a student has taken ENGL 111 & 112 through a Virginia Community College while in high school.

Photo of RU students gleaning

Freshman in the RU CORE Connections program load up a cart with gleaned turnips.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

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Oct 14, 2013
Dan Waidelich
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