Students come to the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm to test new ideas, apply their classroom learning and take part in on-farm research. From symbiosis and nutrient cycling to understanding the relationships among food production, ecology, economics and health, the farm is the place where theory is put to practice.
Hands-on learning experiences are available in a variety of forms, from workshops and Stanford science and design courses to health improvement classes. We also offer programs for local school groups in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service and a summer high school internship program through the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Liz Carlisle from the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences leads this program, working with instructors to design field trips appropriate to a wide range of classes from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The farm offers Stanford Earth Systems Internships for credit, as well as a summer program in which students work alongside our farmers to design and build their own on-farm research or environmental education projects. The farm also hosts high school students from the Bay Area every summer as part of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences High School Internship Program.
The farm provides a space for student-directed research in sustainable food systems. In addition to student work, farm Director Patrick Archie and computer science graduate student Victor Chahuneau are researching the impact of a new IT system to manage sales and track yields on small-scale community-supported agriculture. Student groups in the Design for Extreme Affordability course prototype their low-cost agricultural technologies on the farm, and farm staff are testing innovative practices for small-scale agriculture.
As the farm develops, we will grow our outreach and educational programs serving the broader community.
Outreach and education programs will be offered to campus and surrounding communities. Examples of outreach programs that will be developed over the next several years include:
The Stanford Educational Farm hosts special field trips for residential learning communities. Our goal is to connect Stanford students to opportunities within the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences through the farm.