Our Student 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.
ANNOUNCING THE 2018 SUMMER STUDENT FARM INTERNSHIP!
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 will be 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 will work 30 hours per week (with some weekend Market hours), 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 10 through Friday, August 31, 2018. To apply, please complete the 2018 Internship Application and email to Arianna Lindberg or deliver to the Department of Landscape Architecture (Blake Hall, rm 112). Complete application materials must be received by February 15, 2018. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews that will be held in late February. For more information, please contact Arianna by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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