Student Farming Enterprise: Class and Student-run Business
Once accepted into the program, students should plan to take STOCKSCH 397SF "Managing the Student Farm I: Planning for Production" (see 397SF syllabus here) during the spring semester - work on the farm in the summer - and then enroll in STOCKSCH 497SF "Managing the Student Farm II: Harvesting, Marketing and Finances" (see 497SF syllabus here).
Grow organic crops at the UMass Farm in South Deerfield and the Agricultural Learning Center (within walking distance of campus) and sell them to the UMass Community!
- Are you excited about building and improving a sustainable local food system, here on the UMass campus?
- Do you want to put into practice what you've learned about farming, ecology, and agriculture?
- Do you love working outdoors in a beautiful place in all kinds of weather?
- Do you like working with a small group that is committed to a common goal?
Do you want to earn 10 credits and have a
Then this is the course for you!
The course is designed with three parts: spring (planning and planting), summer (planting, growing, tending) and fall (harvesting and marketing). Taking both semesters and summer is encouraged, but not required. The course is designed to be taken in order, but it is possible to take the fall semester first or take only one semester if scheduling is an issue.
We are now accepting applications for next semester. Preference will be given to those with academic background in agricultural sciences and with some farming or gardening experience, but we also seek diversity in majors, career goals, and life experiences.
This is more than a class - it is also a student-run business.
Be part of creating something new and exciting at UMass - a sustainable student farming project that will grow stronger every year!
We continue to expand production and markets every year, along with our farming infrastructure. We will continue to work with our current cutomer base of seven on-campus markets including Earthfoods Cafe, a 60 member Fall CSA, Student Farmers Market, Dining Services and other student run businesses as well as the Amherst and Northampton Big Y Supermarkets.
Take a peek at what it's like to be a student farmer in the video below!
Questions? Comments? Email us, we'd love to hear from you!
Donate to the Student Farm
If you can afford to do so, please consider donating to the Student Farm in order to help us continue to run and expand our farm to better serve you. Regardless of your contribution level, we are beyond humbled by your continued support. Thank you very much!