Help us grow!

The Class of 2018 voted to support the Student Farm through an endowment to grow and sustain the program for years to come, but we need your help to make this vision a reality. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the semester, toward the Student Farm endowment. Endowed support for the Student Farm will enable us to engage more Penn State students with their own campus and communities’ food system.


Please consider making a gift to support us!

Living in the Present Moment

It is safe to say I have only just begun my farming journey. With the support of the Student Farm at Penn State, I am lucky to be able to learn in most interactive, intimate “classroom” and nurture my evolving relationship with food. And, I am glad to know it starts in the dirt.

The Connection Between Community and Food

We are a culture obsessed with food – we post pictures of our meals on Instagram, we talk about our dietary choices, and as college students, we often wonder where we can get free food on campus. But within this connect, there is a huge disconnect: people truly don’t know where their food comes from!

Plant Sale-2018

Mark your calendars for our annual Plant Sale! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your seedlings and succulent plants!


The interdisciplinary Sustainable Food Systems Program views our own Penn State campus food system as a living laboratory for engagement in sustainable food and agricultural systems. We link classroom education with experiential learning, student-led research and community outreach.

We grow plants, and so much more… growing minds, growing community, and growing food!

Flagship components of the SFSP include a working Student Farm, a highly active Student Farm Club, and myriad opportunities for collaborations across Penn State academics and operations.

Get involved!

  • Paid and for-credit internships
  • Student-led research
  • Food systems courses
  • Join Student Farm Club
  • Volunteer on the farm!
  • Attend events
  • Bring your group for a tour!

Are you interested in bringing your class to the Student Farm for a tour, workday, or class lesson? The farm is a living classroom–come on out!

  • Request a tour or volunteer day for your class
  • Invite a representative to come into your classroom
  • Assign work on the farm for class assignments
  • Develop a project for your class through a course-client collaboration with the Student Farm

More opportunities ☛

Contact: Leslie Pillen,

Our space is open to the entire Penn State and State College community. We host community and family-friendly events year round and we always welcome tour groups. For more information on events, check out our events page and follow us on social media! Submit a group tour or workday request here.

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