Our mission is to cultivate knowledge and human capacity in organic and sustainable agriculture for students, farmers and educators.
The foundation of all of our programming is a 15-acre certified organic teaching and research farm that is also a working production farm. The farm serves as a living, learning laboratory where students and visitors can see and experience organic and year-round production techniques.
The farm and its markets include:
The OFTP is an 8-month intensive training program in year-round organic farming focusing on diversified production of vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs for local markets. Workshops, lectures, readings, assignments and field trips help to build participants knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices. The program is designed to give participants a strong background and working knowledge of farm production, management, marketing, and business operations necessary to operate a diversified small farm. Program participants include new and beginning farmers, urban and community farmers, educators, and community organizers working with food systems and food production.
The MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. They are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information built upon the foundational work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community. Experienced farmers and premier agriculture educators from our region are teaming up to co-lead and deliver workshops in the Farmer Field School. Each workshop also includes group-based learning processes where diverse approaches to farming challenges can be shared and discussed by participants and workshop presenters and demonstrated at host farm sites. For the current cycle, workshops will take place on select farms in southern Michigan with a goal of expanding the workshops to other regions of the state as the program develops.
We partner with a number of groups and individuals to create educational and research opportunities in organic and year round production at MSU. Activities through our partnerships include:
The Student Organic Farm is located at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center on College Road near the south end of campus:
3291 College Road
Holt, MI 48842
However, the mailing address is:
Student Organic Farm
1066 Bogue St, Room A288
East Lansing, MI 48824
We can be reached by phone or email at:
For more information, visit:
3291 College Rd. Holt, MI 48842