Lantz Farm receives grant for property upgrades

  WJU News
  Monday, December 17, 2018 1:50 PM
  WJU News, Service, Alumni, Student Services

Wheeling, WV

Lantz Farm, a property of Wheeling Jesuit University, has recently received a $5,000 grant from the Wetzel County Commission to complete upgraded gas and heating features.

The property, located in Jacksonburg, West Virginia, is used to host Campus Ministry retreats and service-immersion trips that are organized by the University's Appalachian Institute as well as community gatherings for the residents of Wetzel County. 

Lantz Farm consists of more than 170 acres of rolling hills, woods and prairies, ponds and streams and includes a farmhouse and barn-dormitory with a full kitchen and beds that can accommodate up to 30 guests.  

Last winter, the farmhouse suffered severe cold weather damage due to an insufficient natural gas supply to the property. The grant will be used to add washers and dryers to the gas supply line, install an electric heat kit and add internet connectivity as well as a Wi-Fi thermostat in the farm house.  

These upgrades will allow Lantz Farm to continue serving as a base of operations for several groups and organizations at Wheeling Jesuit. Over the last five years, these students have averaged more than 1,700 hours of annual community service for local agencies and projects including Wetzel County Museum and Historical Society, Grow Appalachia Community Gardens, Pine Grove flood relief, New Martinsville Center and Shortline Elementary School.

"We are grateful for the Wetzel County Commissioners for helping us maintain and strengthen this beautiful resource that allows our students, and the residents of Wetzel County, to recreate, rest and reflect," said Jamey Brogan, director of campus ministry. 

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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