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Chatham’s Eden Hall Farm Receives Certificate of Organic Operation

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm has received a Certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic. This Certificate guarantees that the Farm is compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205), and that products grown on the farm meet all organic standards. This certification allows Eden Hall Campus to continue its expansion as a teaching tool for students interested in organic certification, or for local growers wanting to know more about the certification process.

Chatham’s 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA is also a working agricultural classroom where students explore the critical relationship between food, the land, and the environment. Sustainable and organic agriculture practices are used to produce food for the campus, develop and demonstrate diverse agricultural methods, teach food cultivation and marketing, and incubate small businesses. Innovative agricultural practices include year-round food production, preservation and fermentation, demonstration aquaculture for fish production, mushroom farming, and edible landscaping around buildings. There are over 200 varieties of vegetables (including ten types of tomatoes), flowers, berries, fruits and herbs that flourish in fields, organic gardens, solar high tunnels and hoop houses, and a Permaculture Orchard. Find out more on the Eden Hall Farm Blog.

About Eden Hall 
Eden Hall Campus, home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability is the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall is self-sustaining in every way by emitting zero carbon emissions, managing all waste and storm water on-site, and producing more energy than it consumes. It is designed to one-day serve more than 1,500 students in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business, and more. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new green buildings, Eden Hall is a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. Learn more at www.chatham.edu/edenhall.