Cultivating knowledge and human capacity in organic and sustainable agriculture for students, farmers and educators.
We are proud to announce that we are the recipient of a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant! We are leading efforts to develop a new training series and collaborating with the Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) to develop Land and Capital Access programs for beginning farmers in Michigan.
Check out this article and video of one of our training program graduates, Joannée DeBruhl from Stone Coop Farm: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/msu-gets-usda-grant-to-aid-michigans-fledgling-farmers/
The MSU Student Organic Farm is a 15-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm. Our markets include 48-week CSA, Summer CSA, 7-month on campus farm stand, and sales to MSU dining halls. We use passive solar greenhouses or hoophouses to produce and distribute fresh produce all year long. Winter production includes saladmix, spinach, kale, collards, chard, choi, napa cabbage, komatsuna, cilantro, parsley, radishes, carrots, beets, and more. These fresh items are combined with storage crops such as squash, garlic, potatoes, onions, cabbage, rutabaga to create bountiful shares throughout the winter.
The farm also operates an intensive 9-month Organic Farmer Training Program (OFTP) in year-round organic farming focusing on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits, herbs for local markets. The program emphasizes student learning in hands-on farm management and decision-making as well as development of necessary farming skills and knowledge.
The farm also collaborates with MSU faculty to create learning opportunities for other students at MSU through courses in organic farming, interdisciplinary experiential educational activities, and research opportunities.
SOF production is carried out by our dedicated students made up of SOF Farm Crew, OFTP students, and wonderful volunteers. We also have outreach and extension programming that works with private and public farms and organizations in both rural and urban areas to help them develop year round local food production systems.
(If you are a CSA member and you need to have your share packed, please call us at 517-230-7987 and leave a message. We cannot take these requests via e-mail. Thanks!)
Our annual Hoophouse Gala is on September 29 this year. Click below to download the invitation!