12th Annual Hoo Haa

p10_Organic GrowersThe OSU Organic Growers Club will celebrate Earth Day with its 12th annual Hoo Haa. The festival is a celebration of agriculture held at the club’s student farm near Highway 34. The free event runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. It will include a hot supper around 4:30 p.m., and live music from the Farm Stand String Band and friends.

As in past years, turning forks will be on hand for prepping the garden beds, and club faculty advisor James Cassidy reports that 10,000 onions are ready to be planted with the public’s help. A chicken-tractor setup will also be at the event. The Farm Stand String Band is a Corvallis group that blends blues and country to give a folksy Appalachian vibe. The event is kid-friendly and will feature children’s activities, but please leave dogs at home. Transportation to and from campus will be provided by free shuttles that run every 15 to 20 minutes from the OSU bookstore. Parking at the event is limited, but can be reached by turning on Electric Road (further directions at http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/organic_grower).

The Organic Growers Club’s student farm is now in its 14th year. The club was founded by students who wanted to explore sustainable agriculture. Its mission, according to their website, is “to provide students with an opportunity to gain practical experience growing and marketing plants.” It offers paid internships, and the vegetables produced by the farm are sold to fund the project. A Hoo Haa is an old showbiz term for party, and sustainability-minded Corvallisites will likely find the event to be just that.

By Bethany Carlson