As UMass student farmers, we commit to providing our campus community with nutritious, organically grown, local produce. We cultivate student empowerment through hands-on agricultural production and by educating our peers about the importance of creating a healthier food system.


History of the Project    

The UMass Student Farm began in the fall of 2007 with two students growing a quarter acre of kale and broccoli through an independent study. In spring 2008, it was established as a year-long class - spring and fall, with a summer farming component.  Since the farms humble beginings in 2007, the farm has grown to manage over 20 acres of certified organic land with ten to twelve acres in production each season.  The farm's primary markets include a 125 member CSA program, UMass Dining Services, Big Y Foods, Inc. Supermarkets,a student run Farmers Market and several student run businesses on campus. Each sesason the program enrolls ten to sixteen students who receive academic credit and a paid summer job managing the farm for their participation.  Graduates of the program have started farming on their own, moved on to managerial positions at farms throughout the region, while others have established employment with non profit organizations.

 

A Great Opportunity 

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture provides students with a strong science-based academic background.  This knowledge base, combined with the hands-on learning that this course provides, is making UMass Amherst the place to be for research based, inovative, creative and student-driven experiential learning in agriculture. Our students represent a variety of backgrounds and come from many departments on campus as well as from the other five colleges.

 

 

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!