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Over the watermelon patch, Erin Lence (M.S. Earth Systems 2015) finds a teachable moment with local high school students.

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.

Rainbox over the farm

Farm Tours

We offer tours of the farm Thursdays from 12:15 - 12:45. Everyone is welcome to drop in.  If you would like to arrange a tour for your group, please get in touch.

 
 

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Volunteer appreciation party

Volunteer Opportunities

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. Join us for during one of our volunteer hours:

Mondays    12:30 - 12:50 - New volunteer orientation

                    1:00 - 4:30

Tuesdays    8:30 - 11:00

Thursdays   8:30 - 11:00

Saturdays   10:30 - 12:30

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. 

New to the farm? Come to our volunteer orientation Mondays 4:00 - 4:30. Beginning in spring 2016, we will launch a volunteer docent training program. Docents give farm tours, host field trips and offer community workshops on the farm. For more information on how to become a docent, send us a note.

 

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Wellness Courses

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.

 

Bee in a squash flower

Student Groups

Student Farmers

The Student Farmers help 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! 

 

Composting workshop

Workshops

As we grow, our programs will grow with us. Check back in spring 2016 for workshops on pruning, propagation and more. Workshops will be open to the public, with enrollment preference given to Stanford students, faculty and staff.