Our Farm

Our Farm

Our 23-acre farm is a community where students create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems. At the farm, students grow in many ways, learning from seasoned field-based educators, from their peers, and from themselves. They come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate and community in which they work. In the process, they gain the systems-based thinking and doing skills needed to make a positive difference in today’s world.

The Student Farm hosts a number of different programs that offer opportunities in market-scale farm production, food access and security, diversified fruit, vegetable, and herb cultivation, garden-based education, commodity crop breeding, and pollination habitat establishment and restoration. Find out more about the Student Farm's programs below.  

About Us

Our Team

Our team is committed to sustainable and just agriculture and food systems. In addition to non-student staff members we employ 15-20 students each quarter as Lead Student Farmers and Gardeners. In addition, we host roughly 80 interns and volunteers each quarter. Interns receive academic credit for the experiential learning opportunities they gain at the Student Farm. This team of dedicated learners stewards the UC Davis Student Farm. Find out more about joining the Student Farm here.

Our Programs

Market Garden

A seven acre plot where students learn about small scale, organic vegetable production and manage the planting, maintenance, harvest, and sales of our fresh produce. 

Ecological Garden

A half-acre garden of flowers, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit trees, vines, and insectary plants used for teaching ecological horticulture, seed saving, and related topics. 

Community Table Project

The Community Table Project (CTP) is an evolving effort looking at ways the Student Farm can address campus food insecurity, and start dialogue around the intersections of people, place, and food. 

Vineyard

The Farm’s 1/3 acre vineyard of table grape varieties allows students to gain experience in vineyard management including pruning, training, pest management, and irrigation.

Compost

The student farm makes compost using a variety of systems, all of which provide essential nutrients to the farm and help students learn about compost management.

Farm Shop

Farm equipment maintenance is an essential piece of successful farming operation. Working with our shop manager, interns gain experience in maintaining and operating farm equipment, irrigation systems, and special projects that develop at the farm.

Kids in the Garden

Provides hundred of children with hands-on experiences at the Student Farm. UC Davis students receive training in winter quarter and lead the tours in spring.

School Gardening

Provides resources and training for school gardeners. Working towards increasing support for instructional garden across California.