Student Run Farm

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute Student Farm offers practical, hands-on sustainable agriculture education through courses, internships, special projects, summer organic farming internship (open to all students and the public), garden-based child/youth-focused education program and research projects. Undergraduate and graduate sustainable agriculture courses and curricula offered in conjunction with other courses on campus.

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Dilmun Hill is a student-run organic research farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than two decades. The farm offers students, faculty, staff and community opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. Students operate campus farm stands and supply produce to the campus dining services.

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The Dartmouth Organic Farm, a certified-organic, student-run educational and working farm, provides opportunities for independent research, internships, student projects, and includes hands-on experience in sustainable food, organic production, renewable energy, beekeeping, and aquaponics.

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Cornercopia is a student-managed, USDA-certified organic, sustainable farm with over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The farm offers internships and a Student Organic Farm Marketing and Planning course. See also: Official Blog.

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The College of the Redwoods Sustainable Agriculture Farm, a 38-acre student-operated sustainable organic farm, offers farm enterprise courses and includes a CSA program.

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The "five-acre student farm at the Pittsboro Campus (NC) is an organically managed outdoor classroom for research, demonstration, and crop production. The site includes a greenhouse, as well as student-built farm structures including a pole barn, a packing shed and a masonry pizza oven."

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Students operate a 1.5 acre organic farm, sells produce to campus dining halls, and hires summer interns with farm profits. Farm practices include drip irrigation and a hoophouse.

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The 11-acre, certified organic Cal Poly Organic Farm provides students with a place to gain hands-on learning experience in organic and sustainable farming and gardening practices.

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The Bowdoin Organic Garden supplies vegetables and fruits to the College's Dining Service, and it provides research opportunities for faculty and agricultural experiences for the college community. The Garden is certified organic and has acquired new land that will be available for academic research and sustainable agricultural practices.

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The 80-acre Hampshire College Farm Center is a "working farm, as well as a research, education, and outreach facility dedicated to sustainable agriculture." Operates organic Community Supported Agriculture program.

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Students can explore organic and sustainable agriculture, agroecology and environmental sciences at the 25-acre Evergreen State College's Organic Farm. The Organic Farm's Sustainable Agriculture Lab is a hands-on training facility. The farm includes a food-grade laboratory, the student-designed and built Organic Farmhouse, and the student-run Demeter's permaculture demonstration site and Community Gardens. A Community Supported Agriculture program and community-based activities also are available.

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The Center has on-campus demonstration sites for production and growing techniques, a certified organic production area, and an applied research facilities. The Center assists "small to mid-size farmers and gardeners produce organic and specialty vegetables for sale."

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The Oregon State University Organic Growers Club is an all-volunteer, student-run, organic farming project located on about two acres of the University's agricultural research land. The 300-member student organization sells farm products on-campus.

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"The goal of the Oregon State University Organic Agriculture Program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of organic farms through integrated research, extension and education programs." The program offers courses in organic agriculture, organic research and Extension projects, and an all-volunteer, student-run Organic Growers Club and farm.

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The Stanford Educational Farm is a living laboratory offering academic and experiential opportunities in the practice of sustainable agriculture. "The farm utilizes agroecological relationships to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, field crops and fruit."

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The Middlebury College Organic Farm serves as an outdoor classroom for students who also grow and sell organic produce to the College's dining facilities and local restaurants and stores.

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The farm "is a 15-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm." Its markets include a year-round CSA, an on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining halls. Programs include the Organic Farmer Training Program, collaboration with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization, undergraduate coursework and research, experiential educational opportunities, and Outreach and Extension programs.

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The KU Student Farm "provides individual and community plots where University students, faculty and staff can grow their own food using organic methods."

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Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members manage the 2-acre organic farm and Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The Howdy Farm provides Texas A&M students with "hands on experience in interdisciplinary sustainable agriculture," "facilitate[s] sustainability research for the state of Texas," and "promote[s] organic, sustainable, and environmentally-responsible farming methods."

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The five-acre Student Sustainable Farm has been expanding to focus more on organic production and community involvement. The farm provides students with summer internships, hands-on experience in the production and management of a small organic farm, and experience in landscape architecture and environmental planning.

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The SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of 2008 with a handful of students and faculty dedicated to creating a place for student exploration and leadership in agriculture. Students market produce from SOFT on campus.

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The Soil Stewards Student Farm, a University of Idaho student club for the organic farming and sustainable community, operates a 3-acre certified organic farm and research site at the University of Idaho research farms and runs a local CSA.

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An outdoor classroom, Seeds@City Urban Farm, offers hands-on training in sustainable, organic, local and community agriculture.

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The Purdue University Student Farm offers students experiential learning opportunities, serves as a site for undergraduate research on sustainable agriculture, and offers courses to students who participate in the farm's operation.

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