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Added on: July 28, 2016
Last updated: July 28, 2016

The Student Farm

Program Overview / Impact

We are a community on the UC Davis campus where students work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems. At the farm, students grow in many ways, learning from seasoned field-based educators, from their peers and from themselves. They come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate and community in which they work. In the process, they gain the systems-based thinking and doing skills needed to make a positive difference in today’s world.

The Student Farm is home to several distinct programs that help students dig into farming and gardening and learn principles of agricultural science, and that focus on garden-based learning for youth:

  • The Ecological Garden: A one acre garden of flowers, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit trees, vines, and insectary plants used for teaching ecological horticulture, seed saving, and related topics.
  • The Market Garden: A seven-acre plot where students learn about small-scale organic vegetable production and manage the planting, maintenance, harvest, and sales of our fresh produce.
  • The Student Farm Shop: Farm equipment maintenance is an essential piece of successful farming operation. Working with our shop manager, interns gain experience in maintaining and operating farm equipment, irrigation systems, and special projects that develop at the farm.
  • The Vineyard: The Farm’s 1/3-acre vineyard of table grape varieties allows students to gain experience in vineyard management including pruning, training, pest management, and irrigation.
  • Composting: The student farm makes compost using a variety of systems, all of which provide essential nutrients to the farm and help students learn about compost management.
  • Kids in the Garden Program: Provides hundreds of children with hands-on experiences at the Student Farm. UC Davis students receive training in winter quarter and lead the tours in spring. Teachers interested in arranging a field trip can learn more here.
  • School Gardening Program: Provides resources and training for school gardeners. We are working towards increasing support for instructional garden across California.

How to Get Involved

We offer several avenues for students to learn and explore at the Student Farm. Most students participate through internships, volunteer positions, and formal courses. These opportunities are available in various  spaces and programs at the farm, including the Market Garden, Ecological Garden, equipment shop, and vineyard. The Student Farm is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests are welcome and encouraged to become involved.
If you would like to pursue interning or volunteering at the Student Farm, please come take a tour of the farm and fill our our volunteer and internship interest form as first steps. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Intern Coordinator Laura Reynolds at lreynolds@ucdavis.edu

More Information

Visit our website at asi.ucdavis.edu.
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Additional Media

Watch this video to check out the Ecological Garden at the Student Farm.

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