That’s A Wrap – 2018 Harvest Fest

The Penn State Student Farm's 3rd Annual Harvest Festival has come to a close after a delicious celebration of sustainable...

Open Positions

The Sustainable Food Systems Program offers a number of paid opportunities throughout the year. Our student positions for 2018 are...

Help Us Grow!

We are honored to be a class gift of 2018. Please consider contributing to help us establish an endowment that will enable the...

Welcome!

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 course collaborations across Penn State academics and operations.

The Student Farm at Penn State was established in the spring of 2016. Our one-acre diversified vegetable farm is currently located at the intersection of Fox Hollow Road and Big Hollow Road. Each year, we grow approximately 15,000 pounds of produce for the Penn State community!

The farm is a space for people from diverse backgrounds to come and learn together. It is a living laboratory and a community gathering place. Through the farm, we demonstrate how food is grown and provide hands-on engagement opportunities for students and volunteers to gain skills and knowledge about food production, harvesting, and marketing. It is a launching point for conversation about many issues, including food security, food waste, and other pressing issues of our time.

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, lrp143@psu.edu

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.