Mission: The Food Systems minor and Student-Centered Farm at Penn State will strategically link classroom education with experiential education and research to provide transformative learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture and food systems that foster leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and positive change among the Penn State and surrounding communities. It will be an educational, research and outreach facility open to interested students, faculty and staff from all programs.

Goal 1. Teaching and Learning: Provide interdisciplinary, experiential education about sustainable food and agriculture subjects for professional and personal application through existing and new courses and integration of a student-centered, working farm.

Goal 2. Research and Discovery: Continually foster exploration, creativity and innovation across the food system for students, faculty and staff.

Goal 3. Outreach and Engagement: Connect with area farmers and community members through co-curricular learning and discovery.

Goal 4. Administration and Operations: Cultivate strong institutional support and internal leadership that ensures integration into university operations for an enduring program.