Is the farm an organic farm?
The farm is not a USDA Certified Organic farm; however, we use USDA Organic Standards as a model for our practices. We use cover cropping and manure inputs for field fertility, minimal spraying, and crop rotations rather than more input-intensive methods. We only apply sprays that are allowed under Organic standards, which are mostly biologically-derived. We are; however certified by the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program to ensure that our produce is safe and sanitary.
Can I get free produce for volunteering?
Potentially, if you come on a harvest day, culled produce (not marketable quality, but totally useable) will be available to take home. If you are interested in produce when you come feel free to ask us, we can see what might be available.
Where is the farm?
The Sustainable Student Farm is located near the intersection of Lincoln and Windsor road. Lincoln turns into a gravel road at that point. Continue south on the gravel road until you see the open gate on the left side of the gravel road. There are also three plastic greenhouse-type structures (high tunnels) that are a good indicator. maps
When can I visit or volunteer at the farm?
8am until noon, and then from around 1pm until 4pm Monday through Friday. Visit our volunteer signup page for specific time. You can also send us an email or facebook message (see links at bottom of the page) for more information about visits or volunteer opportunities.
Can I buy produce grown on the farm?
We do not sell the produce at the farm but we will be selling seasonal produce from May-November, Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm on the Anniversary Plaza behind the U of I Student Union. Also, this summer we are going to be selling at the Meat Science Lab during their Tuesday meat sales from 1-5:30. Tell your friends!
Are there paid portions at the farm?
Yes! We hire people primarily in the Summer and the Fall. If you are interested please email Matt (the manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org . We usually ask you to come in and volunteer once or twice so that we can work together, you can ask questions, see what the work is like, and so we can see how you work.