You have a farm! The Sustainable Student Farm (SSF) was founded in 2009 to serve the University and local community. We operate year-round on 5 acres of seasonal field production and 9,000 sq. ft of year-round high tunnel production. In 2016, we grew 30,000 lbs of high quality, locally grown fruits and vegetables for the campus community.
You can find our produce in the University Dining Halls and University Catering, as well as at our seasonal on-campus farm stand!
The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production. In addition to horticultural skills, student workers develop applied skills in design, engineering, and marketing. The farm hosts a wide array of projects related to low input food production and environmental sustainability.
Two full-time managers oversee production and programming of the farm year-round and the farm employs student workers on a mostly seasonal basis (email for employment opportunities). The farm also relies on student volunteers (click here for our volunteer sign-up page).
The farm offers tours and workshops to all members of the campus and local community; to schedule a tour contact us below! We have an annual Field day in the fall featuring great food from dining services and tours of our farm check out the Upcoming Events to find out more!
Current projects include:
- Processing produce for year-round use in the residence halls in partnership with Dining Services and the Pilot Plant (Dept of Food Science & Human Nutrition). This year we made thousands of pounds of tomato sauce, hot sauce, diced sweet peppers, chopped garlic, frozen kale & collards, squash puree, and a really big batch of kimchi
- Providing farm by-products and native grasses to Fresh Press for paper production and research.
Past projects funded by the Student Sustainability Committee:
- Research with Dr. Sam Wortman into biodegradable mulch and mechanical weed blasting
- Design and construction of a wash pack station and farm stand with students of Dr Jeffery Poss (School of Architecture) and Dr Eric Benson (School of Art + Design)
- Converting our cultivating tractor to a solar-charged electric motor with students of Dr. Bruce Litchfield (College of Engineering)
- Construction of a transplant greenhouse and vermicomposting facility with ActGreen