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Most guides to colleges don't index schools by farming opportunities, so here's The New Farm's preliminary guide to farms on campus. The list is arranged regionally; each entry includes the name of the farm, year founded, acres in cultivation, primary markets, and web address if available. We've focused here on campus farms that provide substantial, hands-on, small-scale farming experience to undergraduate and graduate students; many also offer programs for children and the general public.

For more information on courses and degree programs in sustainable farming, see the USDA's Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture (http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/edtr.htm), regularly updated by the folks at the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC).

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NORTHEAST  

Student interns at the Cook College Organic Farm, Rutgers U., NJ (left to right): Cheryl Zienkiewicz, senior, majoring in nutrition; Lindsay Bockstedt, graduate, majored in public health; Pete Martinez, graduate, majored in journalism & English; Scott Latham, senior, majoring in natural resources. Although Cook College has an agriculture major, interns at the student farm come from many different departments.

CONNECTICUT

MAINE

SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA

MIDWEST

Students at Michigan State University in East Lansing picking cabbages.
INDIANA
  • Miller Farm, Earlham College, Richmond, IN. Est. 1970s; 2 ac, CSA. www.earlham.edu/~farm

    IOWA

  • ISU Student Organic Farm, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Est. 1996, 2 ac, CSA, FM, wholesale, All-Iowa Meals at the ISU Scheman Center. www.agron.iastate.edu/studentfarm

  • Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA. Est. 2000, 7 ac, dining hall, restaurants, retail stores. www.mvoai.org

    MICHIGAN

  • MSU Student Organic Farm, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Est. 2003, CSA. www.msuorganicfarm.com/

    MINNESOTA

  • Student Farm, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

  • STOGROW Farm (St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works Farm), St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Est. 2005, 1 1/2 ac, on-campus cafeteria. www.stolaf.edu/orgs/stogrow/

  • Cornercopia, the Student Organic Farm, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN. Est. 2004, 1 ac, farmers' market, restaurants, coops, local schools. http://www.misa.umn.edu/

    MISSOURI

  • College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO. Value-added retail. www.cofo.edu/products.asp?page=9

    OHIO

  • Oberlin Sustainable Agriculture Project, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Est. 1995, CSA, farmers market, student coops.

  • Wilmington College Academic Farms, Wilmington, OH. www.wilmington.edu/agfarms.htm

    WISCONSIN

  • Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG), Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. Est. 2005, 1/4 ac, cafeteria, farmers' market. www.lawrence.edu/dept/environmental_studies/garden/

  • Sustainable Agriculture Field School, Northland College, Ashland, WI. Est. 2003. www.northland.edu/info/stories/sustainable_ag.html

  • F.H. King Students of Sustainable Agriculture demonstration garden, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Madison, WI. Est. 2005, food pantries. http://fhking.rso.wisc.edu/

WEST

The OASIS fields, New Mexico State, in spring 2003. Students (left to right) are Ben Prihoda, majoring in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management; Dayna Drollinger, majoring in Horticulture; and Joaquin Gallegos, majoring in Anthropology. Standing is OASIS co-instructor and associate professor in Horticulture Chistopher S. Cramer, (photo courtesy of Connie Falk).
ARIZONA
  • Wolfberry Farm, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ. Est. 1996, 30 ac, CSA. www.prescott.edu/highlights/farm.htmlf

    CALIFORNIA


  • Butte College Farm, Oroville, CA. 85 ac, 16 ac certified organic.

  • John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, California State Polytechnic University--Pomona, Pomona, CA. Est. 1994, 16 ac. www.csupomona.edu/~crs

  • Cal Poly Organic Farm, California State Polytechnic University--San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA., Est. 1989, 10 ac total, 3 ac certified organic, 7 ac in transition, CSA, wholesale, farmers' market. www.calpoly.edu/~sarc/farm.htm

  • Swanton Pacific Ranch, California State Polytechnic University--San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. Est. 1987, 3200 ac. www.spranch.org

  • Agricultural Research and Teaching Center, California State University--Chico, Chico, CA. 1050 ac. www.csuchicoag.org

  • Sustainable Agriculture Farm, College of the Redwoods, Shively, CA. Est. 2001, 38 certified acres, CSA, farmers' markets, restaurants, grocery stores.

  • The Ranch, the Farm, the Garden, Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA. Est. 1917, 300 head cattle, 152 ac hayfields, 2-ac garden, dining hall, wholesale. www.deepsprings.edu/labor

  • Arcata Educational Farm, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. Est. 1993, 2 ac, CSA, farmers market. www.humboldt.edu/~farm

  • Biodynamic Garden, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA. Est. 1984, 2 ac, CSA. http://www.steinercollege.edu/biodynamics.html

  • Ecological Agriculture Center at Robert Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. Est. 1999, 4 ac certified on 365-ac site, farmstand, wholesale, Culinary Training Program. www.santarosa.edu/ag

  • Stanford University Community Farm, Stanford, CA. Est. 1997, 1 ac. www.stanford.edu/group/scfarm/

  • The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, University of California--Santa Cruz, CA. Est. 1967, 27 ac, CSA, farmstand. http://zzyx.ucsc.edu/casfs

  • University of California--Davis Student Experimental Farm, Davis, CA. Est. 1977, 20 ac, CSA. www.studentfarm.ucdavis.edu

    COLORADO


  • Colorado State University Student Organic Garden and Market, Fort Collins, CO. Est. 1998, 1/4 ac, farmstand, foodbank donations. http://www.studentgarden.colostate.edu/

    IDAHO


  • University of Idaho Student Organic Farm, Moscow, ID. In development. http://stuorgs.uidaho.edu/~soilstewards/

    MONTANA

  • University of Montana PEAS Farm, Missoula, MT. Est. 1997, 6.5 ac, CSA, food bank. www.umt.edu/evst/peas

    NEW MEXICO

  • OASIS (Organic Agriculture Students Inspiring Sustainability), New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. Est. 2002, 1 ac, CSA. http://agecon.nmsu.edu/oasis/

    OREGON

  • Organic Growers Club Farm, Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR. Est. 2001, 1.5 ac. http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/organic_grower/

    WASHINGTON

  • The Evergreen State College Organic Farm, Olympia, WA. 1 ac, campus restaurant, farmstand, foodbank donations. http://www.evergreen.edu/cell/organicfarm.htm

  • WSU Organic Farm at Tukey Horticulture Orchard, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Est. 2004, 3 ac, CSA, dining services, other university programs. http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/crops/TeachingFarmTukeyOrchard.html

  • Outback Farms & Outdoor Experiential Learning Site, Fairhaven College of Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Est. 1970s, 5+ ac. www.ac.wwu.edu/~fhc/academic/outback.html

    BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Est. 2000, 4-ac garden, 90-ac farm, farmers' market, restaurants, food co-op, CSA, special events. www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/