We offer workshops, volunteer opportunities, wellness courses and a space for student sustainability groups.
The Farm has a farm! Nicknamed “The Farm,” Stanford University was built on the founding family’s Palo Alto Stock Farm. Today, under the direction and long-time support of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm is a resource for the entire campus community and beyond.
From academic courses to workshops, to wellness classes, elementary school programs and open volunteer hours – we provide opportunities for hands-on engagement in sustainable food production and local food systems.
Due to the on going construction at the farm we are only offering tours by appointment. Please "get in touch" or contact our programs coordinator directly to schedule an appointment.
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Everyone is welcome at the farm: from students, to faculty, staff, and Bay Area residents. There is no better way to get to know the farm than to pitch in. If you an indvidual or group of 5 or less join us during some of our drop in volunteer hours:
Should you have a group of 5 or more interested in volunteering we ask you to contact our program's coordinator at least two weeks prior to the date on which you would like to volunteer. We can not accomadate groups of 5 or more during our regular drop in sessions and require groups to schdule a sperate time during the week.
Volunteers help keep the farm running. Tuesday and Thursday mornings we harvest fresh produce for campus dining halls. Farm tasks on other days may include keeping our fields free of weeds and rocks, planting new crop rotations, deadheading flowers, teaming up on irrigation, composting, mulching, and having a great time getting dirty. We ask that volunteers come prepared with close-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty! We have gloves and tools for all.
The farm partners with BeWell@Stanford and the Health Improvement Program to offer wellness classes in the fields. The Weeding for Wellness class brings Stanford staff to the farm for gentle stretching, fresh herbal tea from the farm and the hands-on meditative practice of creating order and balance in the garden. BeWell will offer two Weeding for Wellness classes at the farm in the fall as well as Starting a Winter Vegetable Garden and a special class on harvesting fall flowers.
Student Farmers is a student club that helps to steward the farm, lead tours, take on leadership roles with farm programs, and organize events and field trips. Students of all levels and interests are invited to participate!
The Farm Club will have their first meeting of the 2017 Fall quater at the farm on September 29th starting at 12pm.
As we grow, our programs will grow with us. Check back in Spring 2018 for workshops on pruning, propagation and more. Workshops will be open to the public, with enrollment preference given to Stanford students, faculty and staff.