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The UMass Student Farm grows certified organic produce and manages 12 acres of land, split between the UMass Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield and the new Agricultural Learning Center, located just outside of the Amherst campus on North Pleasant St. The use of ecologically sound practices is a high priority, and each generation of Student Farmers continues to explore areas of growth and improvement for our environmental stewardship, while evaluating the trade-offs or benefits for our level of small-scale production agriculture. With each passing year of students at the helm, the Student Farm continues to grow dynamically, both in size and scope. The course curriculum provides students with a solid background in small-scale diversified production agriculture, while also providing students with practical hands-on experience growing organic produce for the UMass campus community.
Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumbers, Edamame, Eggplant, Flowers, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnips, Peppers, Potato, Pumpkins, Radish, Salad Mix, Scallions, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos, Tomato, Turnips
The Student Farm sells produce to the UMass Dining Commons, several on-campus student business including Earthfoods Cafe and Green-o Sub Shop, and three local Big Y Supermarket stores. Along with the weekly CSA pickup, the farm sells vegetables at the weekly Student Farmers Market in the fall.
The UMass Student Farm program is currently offering CAMPUS supported agriculture shares to the UMass campus community. The fall of 2015 saw a CSA member size of 80.