Campus Urban Farm

Urban Farm LocationThe Urban Farm is located next to the Physical Plant and is generally open to registered volunteers 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the semester. Check the bulletin board posted outside the Farm gates for the most up-to-date hours. 

Visitors may schedule a formal visit by contacting directly with their availability to ensure a volunteer will be on-site to greet them.  

Campus Urban Farm Informational Flyer [PDF]

Visit/Use the Farm: Campus users can request to assist with planting a raised bed during the academic year. The Campus Urban Farm is also available for events, tours, and lectures. It features an outdoor classroom area with solar power and seating. To request a planting bed, space, special tour, event, or other type of engagement, fill out the following online request form. Requests for student or faculty research projects using the Farm are also accepted here: 

Volunteer: The Campus Urban Farm accepts volunteers throughout the school year, and offers community service and service-learning hours. To get started, interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a half-hour orientation training via the following survey:

Orientations are available until the last month of the academic semester. If attempting to complete service-learning hours, please arrange for volunteer orientation before this cut-off deadline as no exceptions will be made to accommodate students missing service hours as a result of failure to complete orientation prior to this deadline. 

Background/Site Information: The proposal for the Campus Urban Farm was approved by the Presidential Cabinet in February of 2018. The proposal also had the financial backing of the Chancellor’s Office via a Campus as a Living Lab grant to support its launch. As a result, the Campus Urban Farm was able to begin operations incredibly quickly with the assistance of several service-learning classes and many motivated volunteers!

A former campus nursery located next to Physical Plant, the Campus Urban Farm occupies a footprint of approximately .11 acres with 30’x 80’ of available growing space. The current site is fully-enclosed with a gate and has a sidewalk encircling the main growing area. It has access to potable water and electricity.

Operations are managed by paid student interns from the Office of Sustainability in conjunction with a dedicated faculty liason (Jenney Hall, Interdisciplinary Studies). 

Get Updates: The Farm regularly posts updates to their Instagram account at @dhurbanfarm

Other Services:  Do you have food scraps that you want to drop-off for use at the Farm's on-site composting system? There is a pull-up drop-off bin just outside the Farm gates that can accept food scraps 24/7. Unlike our commercial organics service, our worms are "vegan," so we can only accept produce (fruits, vegetables) and coffee grounds. Please no cooked foods or egg cartons please!

Shell logoThank you to Shell for a generous 2020 donation which is currently supporting paid Farm internships, K-12 outreach to the local community, and the development of a Farm docent training program in collaboration with dedicated participants from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

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