Student Sustainable Farm

Student Sustainable Farm

May 27
Manuel Colón, NRES Student Recruitment Coordinator
  

Sponsored, in part, by the College of ACES (Department of Crop Sciences), the Student Sustainable Farm is a small-scale vegetable farm located on 10 acres of land at Lincoln and Windsor Road, just south of campus. The farm functions in many capacities; providing locally grown, low-input sustainable food to our University residence halls and as a living laboratory to connected students and community members to food systems.

In fact, there are also volunteer opportunities available if you are interested. The farm gates are open from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and depends on volunteers throughout the year. More information on volunteering can be found HERE.

Currently, the farm operates between 45-48 weeks per year, occupying 6 acres for outdoor field production and nearly 10,000 square feet of year-round high tunnel production. In addition to selling the majority of our produce to the residence halls, they also market their produce directly to consumers on the quad. This past Thursday was the first farm stand of the season, so I stopped by to take a few photos to share with you all.

Their Farm Stand takes place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Anniversary Plaza behind the Union. You can find weekly updates on their website  regarding what produce they will have available and the price. For those who are interested in leading a more sustainable life and connecting with their food from farm to fork, this is a great opportunity we have right here on campus!

For more info, visit thefarm.illinois.edu/about.

 

Student Sustainable Farm Stand