Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm.

Our Student Farm!

Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm.

Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm.

Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm.

Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm

Rutgers Student Sustainable Farm

The Student Farm, located at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, functions as an outdoor classroom for interdisciplinary place-based and hands-on coursework throughout the year and is a vibrant source of local organic food. Additionally, the Farm provides 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 also serve as a local agricultural resource to the larger New Jersey community within which it is situated.

We are currently moving to be fully housed under the Rutgers Gardens' structure, and our new website will be https://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farms-markets/student-farm/


Contact Us:

Alex Sawazky, Student Farm Manager, @ alex.s@rutgers.edu
Alex manages the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens and the Student Farm internship program, which provide unique learning opportunities and hands-on experiences for students. He also manages Cook’s Market, the farmers market at Rutgers Gardens.


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2019 RUTGERS STUDENT FARM CSA: organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers

***Our CSA is fully subscribed this 2019 season. If you would like to add your name for next year's CSA invitation list email the farm manager, Alex Sawazky (alex.s@rutgers.edu).***

This year, the Rutgers Student Farm is pleased to announce a 18-week CSA share program! 
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to purchase local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer while also re-connecting with how and where their food is grown.  In this model, community members purchase a share during the off-season and then pick up a weekly harvest of vegetables during the growing season. 
Several options are available, including the opportunity—in partnership with Rutgers Against Hunger—to purchase a Giving Share for a New Brunswick family or University student in need.  Boxed shares will be pre-packed by student farm interns and may be picked up at one of our market locations in New Brunswick from June-Sept 2019.  Please see the forms below for more details.  Shares are limited this season, so please email the farm manager, Alex Sawazky (alex.s@rutgers.edu) to reserve a share of any type, and then after confirmation that shares are still available, please fill out the appropriate form and mail in with payment.

CSA 2018


THE 2019 SUMMER STUDENT FARM INTERNSHIP HAS BEEN FILLED!

INterns at market2016 Interns at work.

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, and student research. Interns are involved in all aspects of small-scale organic farming at our one-acre site - from bed preparation and planting, to harvesting and distribution of produce. Students selected for this paid internship work 30 hours per week, and may 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 program.

The internship runs from Thursday, May 16 through Friday, August 30, 2019.


The 2017 season saw a lot of growth at the Student Farm!

We began during a warm stretch in January with preparation of the first half-acre field of our permanent site at Rutgers Gardens.  This was a truly exciting handful of days, as it promised space for more cultivation and production.

Field Prep

February and March witnessed the arrival of seeds and supplies, indoor seeding of onions and cool-weather crops, and direct-sowing of greens in the high tunnel. 

In mid-May, John Dmitruck (Agriculture and Food Systems, ’18) and TaeHo Lee (Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior, ’19) began their 14-week internship at the Farm.  With the addition of the new field, they had the opportunity to participate in deer fence installation, raised bed preparation and irrigation set-up, in addition to the day-to-day of seeding, transplanting, weeding, scouting and harvesting.  Two afternoons each week during June and July, the farm interns joined students enrolled in the eight-week summer farm course offered through the Agriculture and Food Systems Program for lectures from experts, hands-on field work, and field trips to other New Jersey farms.  We also had the opportunity this season to participate in the Regional Intern Outreach Day at the Delaware Center for Horticulture where we joined over 80 interns from regional gardens for a day of service and learning.

Fieldwork 2017

The Student Farm once again had a weekly presence at the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market and the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, and since September we have been providing fresh produce to Harvest Café at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Cook Campus.

Harvest

We also continued our commitment to provide weekly harvests to Elijah’s Promise, and over the course of the growing season, donated 400 pounds of fresh produce to the Community Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick.

We have great plans for next season, including the installation of both perennial and annual pollinator strips, the addition of laying hens to our field operation, a trial of perennial grain, and a growing partnership with Rutgers Athletics.

If you would like to help support our internship program, please click here, or contact farm manager Alex Sawazky (alex.s@rutgers.edu)

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.


Video: What we have accomplished and where we are heading...

 


Spring Design/Build Studio Brings Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning to the Farm

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. Design Build 2016


Two courses offered integral to our student farm

The Principles and Practices of Small-scale Organic Agriculture and a design/build landscape architecture studio have been offered in 2016. Read more.



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

Written by Theresa Hyslop
August 2015
Exploring Student Farms


Contact Us:

Alex Sawazky, Student Farm Manager, @ alex.s@rutgers.edu
Alex manages the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens and the Student Farm internship program, which provide unique learning opportunities and hands-on experiences for students. He also manages Cook’s Market, the farmers market at Rutgers Gardens.