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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.

Farm Director Patrick Archie (far right) and students in the field.

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 Doerr School of Sustainaibility.

Come Learn with Us

Residential Learning Field Trip Program

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.

Stanford Student Courses Taught at the Farm

Our courses give students both classroom and laboratory access to farming practices as well as leveraging our farm for student projects and field trips.

Academic Field Trips to the Farm

Enroll in a course that offers a field trip to the educational farm.

School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

H&S: Humanities

H&S: Interdisciplinary Programs

H&S: Natural Sciences

VPUE Undergraduate Requirements


Professional Schools

Lecturer and director Patrick Archie

Interested in teaching at the farm?

To teach a module at the farm, contact Patrick Archie at

Research and Innovation

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.

Request a space for research