Built in 1928, the 4,000 sq. ft. Veggie Cellar is the home of the Veggie Cellar Market, a student outreach project of the Department of Horticulture. The Veggie Cellar Market promotes the Department's mission to create and maintain extension, research and teaching programs, in the science, production, and creative utilization of flowers, fruits, ornamental and vegetable plants for the betterment of the citizens in the Commonwealth Pennsylvania, the nation and the world.
The market provides an outlet for student activity as well as community outreach. Horticulture students get hands-on experience of planting and raising the seedlings to be sold at the market. The department uses all sale proceeds from the vegetables, flowers, fruits and plants.
The Market offers a variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers that are all grown at the Penn State Horticulture Research Farm. Mushrooms are grown on the Mushroom Research Facility on campus. Notably, the food produced at the High Tunnel Research and Education Facility is grown without the use of herbicides, but uses Integrated Pest Management strategies. The living roof of the Cellar Market is planted with a variety of succulent plants that aid in heating/cooling and water runoff.
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