Our Student Farm is growing!
The Student Farm at Rutgers University was established in 1993 on a five-acre site on the Hort Farm III research farm, and is now in the process of expanding into Rutgers Gardens in order to focus on organic production and community involvement. The Farm will function as an outdoor classroom that offers a sequence of interdisciplinary place-based and hands-on courses throughout the year and will be a vibrant source of local organic food. Additionally, the Farm will provide the foundation for a broad spectrum of community outreach and programs, research opportunities, and entrepreneurial pursuits. With its unique location and integrative approach, the Farm will also serve as a local agricultural resource to the larger New Jersey community within which it is situated.
Your contribution will help to ensure that the Farm, its students and their local and global reach will grow and thrive. Learn about what your gift can provide.
Apply for the Student Farm Internship - SUMMER 2017 !
The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs (OAUP) and Rutgers Gardens are pleased to announce a 16-week summer internship for the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens. This is a unique opportunity for students to participate in the Farm’s commitment to a future rooted in organic production, local food justice and security, community outreach, student research and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Student interns will be involved in all aspects of small-scale organic farming – from bed preparation and planting, to harvesting and distribution of produce – and should be able to perform daily outdoor physical labor. Interns will also work collaboratively with the adjacent Volunteer Supported Agriculture and Youth gardens, as well as with other student interns at the Gardens. Students selected for this paid internship will work 30 hours per week, and will receive tuition reimbursement for the three-credit summer course “The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming”, offered through the Agriculture and Food Systems curriculum. Enrollment in this course is required for the internship.
The internship will run from May 16-September 3, 2017. The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming course will run from June 1-July 20, 2017.
To apply, please complete the 2017 Internship Application available on the OAUP website (agriurban.rutgers.edu/StudentSustainableFarm.html) and email to Farm Coordinator Arianna Lindberg or deliver to the Department of Landscape Architecture (Blake Hall, rm 112). Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews that will take place in March. For more information, please contact Arianna by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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The Farm Studio aims to foster an understanding of how landscape architecture and agriculture can come together to form a partnership that seeks out opportunities for stewardship, sustainability, engaged learning, community and outreach. Students participating in the studio are actively participating in the establishment phase of a new student farm at Rutgers Gardens, as well as in the development of a master plan for a future four-acre farm site. Students have been working collaboratively with the Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs and Rutgers Gardens to investigate ways in which the farm can be programmed for a variety of users, in both its early days and long-term. Through the design and construction of a post-harvest handling station, the studio is researching and exploring opportunities for re-use and re-purposing of materials, green infrastructure and rain harvesting.
Two new courses offered that will be integral to our student farm
The Principles and Practices of Small-scale Organic Agriculture and a design/build landscape architecture studio will be offered in 2016. Read more.
Review our 2016 business plan in PDF format.
Want to learn about other student farms in the U.S.?
Rutgers Ag and Urban Programs has published this PDF:
Exploring Student Farms: A Look at Student Farms at Ten Universities Across the United State