It’s back! Oakwood Farms opens as part of the University’s Industry Recovery initiative to support students. With healthy options hand-picked by Oakwood Farm’s knowledgeable and caring staff, the Oakwood Farms will be the largest organic “urban farm” in northern Alabama. The market for sharing the Seventh-day Adventist health message wholesale gives Oakwood University the opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle based on biblical principles to the community in a practical way.
Some of the seasonal produce that will be offered by Oakwood Farms are fresh winter and summer vegetables, berries, figs and persimmons, pecans, beehive honey, and fresh well water, to name a few. Oakwood Farms will bring value to north Alabama, and most importantly, to Oakwood’s students; this was the plan for Oakwood from the very beginning.
Ellen G. White, when speaking about the need for a school for blacks in the South, shared God’s plans for the land. “Wise plans are to be laid for the cultivation of the land. The students are to be given a practical education in agriculture. This education will be of inestimable value to them in their future work. Thorough work is to be done in cultivating the land, and from this, the students are to learn how necessary it is to do thorough work in cultivating the garden of the heart,” The Oakwood Manual Training School, page 8.
“The vision for Oakwood Farms is rooted in our industry recovery initiative. The creation of Oakwood Farms signals a return to our founding roots. Oakwood Farms will provide employment for our students, fresh produce for our cafeteria, academic exposure to agribusiness, and nutritional support for our community — especially underserved communities,” said Lesile Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A., president of Oakwood University. “We believe that God is leading Oakwood back to its blueprint through 21st century methods. Thanks for your prayers and support.”
Oakwood University | June 2017