With field crops, rotating pastures, an urban demonstration garden and perennial borders planted with orchards, grapes, berries, native plants and herbs, this working farm produces a bounty of edibles in addition to its most important crop: a new generation of experts versed in both the principles and practices of sustainable farming. Farm products will initially be sold to R&DE Stanford Dining and through a pilot CSA (community-supported agriculture) program.
What's Growing on the Farm?
At the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, we model a new kind of agriculture that:
- builds resilience to drought
- utilizes water as efficiently as possible
- works with biological diversity to buffer against pests and disease
- prototypes more resource efficient cultivation practices for small farms
- provides habitat for beneficial insects that attack crop pests
- uses flowering perennial plants to support pollinators
Analyzing these agroecological management practices and their environmental and social impacts will allow us to develop and model the kinds of practices that contribute to broader agricultural sustainability.
This year the farm featured 29 varieties of cut flowers - dahlias and sunflowers, celosia and asters, snapdragons and amaranth - many in shades of Cardinal red. We provided sustainably grown seasonal blooms for campus events. In addition to gracing many a campus table, these flowers provide habitat for beneficial insects that help control crop pests, and nectar for our resident bee hives.
Join us for our volunteer hours!
If you are interested in volunteering with us please make sure to register using this link. All volunteers must be at least 10 years old and those 14 years old and younger must have an adult guardian actively volunteering along side them.
- Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Saturdays 9:30am - 11:30am
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, harvesting fresh produce for campus dining halls, 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. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks while volunteering at the farm.
We can't wait for you to join us once again!
COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers:
- If presenting COVID-19 symptoms, please DO NOT enter the Farm
- While we are taking measures to enhance the safety of our patrons and employees, an inherent risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, and a visit to a Stanford Educational Farm may still pose a risk to your safety. By visiting The Stanford Educational Farm, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.
- Volunteers need to complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation. Copies of the completed attestation will be sent to the volunteer and the Farm contact.
- Volunteers planning a regular presence are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- If a volunteer tests positive for COVID-19, within 10 days of being onsite, they must complete the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.
- Volunteers coming to a Stanford campus from outside of California must meet one of the following criteria: 1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 2) receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite, or 3) remain off campus for minimum of 10 days and within the state prior to arrival onsite.
- Masks are not required for those who have been fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated we require that you continue to wear a mask when on site.
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE A WAIVER AND THE COVID-19 ATTESTATION.