Americorps | Utah Conservation Corps | USU Community Engaged Learning
Dr. Jennifer Reeve, Dr. Dan Drost, and over thirty USU graduate and undergraduate students broke ground on the USU Student Organic Farm in the spring of 2008. The farm provides a “hands-on” student laboratory for teaching students about best practices in both organic farming and gardening.
Interested in joining?
Students from all disciplines are welcome! Sign up for PSC 4900, spring or fall semester, to learn how to build a successful organic farm from the soil up. It's an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of sustainable food systems to get hands-on instruction from USU soil scientist Dr. Jennifer Reeve and small farms outreach extension specialist Dr. Melanie Stock.
At the close of spring semester, five student interns are employed to work for the duration of the field season. This usually includes two experienced students returning for their second season on the farm as farm managers. Although the students come from various backgrounds and are pursuing many different majors, they are all passionate about organic farming and sustainable agricultural.
Technical support and mentorship is generously extended by administrators and faculty of the Plant, Soil and Climate department in the College of Agriculture, and the staff and faculty at Greenville Research Farm,
The farm provides an opportunity for students to acquire the many skills critical to creating a successful market or backyard garden. The farm’s produce is sold on campus every week, as well as through a large Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. All proceeds support the student farm, providing for operating expenses, equipment purchases and modest student stipends.
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