Twenty students from Lindsey Wilson College volunteered at Homeplace September 19 as part of the college’s annual Malvina Farkle community service day. The students worked on putting away many of the things used in the September 8 Fall Festival, cleaned the floor of the tobacco barn, worked on the rail fence, picked up trash on the trail, worked on the feed lot garden and did a variety of other chores.
In the past four years Lindsey Wilson students, staff and faculty have contributed more than 2400 hours of their time in a variety of projects. These include cleaning the stream of old rusted farm equipment, stripping wallpaper in the residence parlor, cleaning hay out of the loft, widening the trail to the cave spring, painting the corn crib barn, weeding and mowing, cleaning the paths in the corn maze, cleaning the cattle barn, building walls for a storage room in the mule barn, cleaning & preparing the house for the quilt show, moving lumber for restoring the bank barn, etc. Much of this work is thanks to the Freshman Seminar and Project Success which require community service.
Malvina Farkle Day is an annual day of community service at LWC. Classes are canceled and offices are closed so students, faculty and staff can participate in community-service projects. The day is named in memory of a mythical and legendary Lindsey Wilson alumna and staff member who was known for her community spirit and practical jokes.
The college also uses Homeplace as an outdoor classroom for a variety of academic disciplines including biology, art, communications, journalism, photography and history. Business students have prepared a business plan for the farm.