This wonderful educational farm is open year round (with the exception of University closures) from 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Fridays and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays.
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.
Ways to Engage
Everyone is welcome at the farm.
There is no better way to get to know the farm than to pitch in.
Please watch our calendar for information about upcoming public tours. Occasionally we do not offer on-going tours (typically in the summer) and tours must be scheduled by appointment only. Tours can last anywhere from 20-60 minutes. During the tour you will learn more about the past, present, and future of the farm, as well as more information about our facilities and farming practices.
Academic Field Trip Program
The Stanford Educational Farm works with instructors to design field trips appropriate to a wide range of classes from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Preference is given to classes that serve first- and second-year students.
If you have a class that could benefit from a field trip to the farm, either during lecture or section, to enhance the classroom experience and reinforce your learning objectives, please fill out our academic field trip request form.
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.
Stanford Roots Student Club
Student Roots is an official student club that helps to steward the farm, lead tours, take on leadership roles with farm programs, and organize events. Students of all levels and interests are invited to participate! You must have an official Stanford affiliation to join this email list.
Stanford Roots meets at the farm weekly during the academic year.
Interested in Engaging with the Farm?
There are several opportunities to engage with the farm, see below for just a few of the ways.
To inquire about reserving space at the farm to teach your academic class? Please fill out the form below.
Class Inquiry Form
We will not be responding to non-academic event inquiries until capacity returns. For 2023-2024 events, Please fill out the form below.
Event Inquiry Form
If you are hoping to carry out research at the farm please fill out the survey below.
Survey to carry out research
To volunteer find more information below:
Register to volunteer
Interested in bringing your Stanford team or program together for hands on activities?
Inquire about our team building opportunities