Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and the need to restrict the spread of the virus to protect both Stanford and the greater community, the farm is closed until further notice. Farm staff will be maintaining the educational farm facility. We will update this post when the farm reopens.
This wonderful educational farm is open year round (with the exception of University closures) from 8:00am:-6:00pm Monday through Fridays and from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays.
We offer workshops, volunteer opportunities, wellness courses and a space for student sustainability groups.
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.
Everyone is welcome at the farm
There is no better way to get to know the farm than to pitch in.
If you an individual or group of 5 or less join us during some of our drop in volunteer hours:
- Tuesdays 8:30am - 11:00am
- Thursdays 8:30am - 11:00am
- Saturdays 9:30am - 4:00pm
Should you have a group of 5 or more interested in volunteering we ask you to contact our program's coordinator at least two weeks prior to the date on which you would like to volunteer. We can not accommodate groups of 5 or more during our regular drop in sessions and require groups to schedule a separate time during the week.
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.
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE A WAIVER.
Please watch our calendar for information about upcoming public tours. Occasionally we do not offer on-going tours (typically in the summer) and tours must be scheduled by appointment only. Tours can last anywhere from 20-60 minutes. During the tour you will learn more about the past, present, and future of the farm, as well as more information about our facilities and farming practices.
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.
Student Roots is an official student club that helps to steward the farm, lead tours, take on leadership roles with farm programs, and organize events. Students of all levels and interests are invited to participate! You must have an official Stanford affiliation to join this email list.
Stanford Roots meets at the farm weekly during the academic year.