Student Farm faculty appointed to National Organic Standards Board

Congratulations to Dr. David Mortensen! Dr. Mortensen is one of the Student Farm’s greatest long-time supporters and worked with three other faculty to write the initial grant to help get the Farm off the ground. Read more about Dr....
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Opportunities for Further Innovation

By Alex Curtze As the leaves change and days become colder, I reflect on my time working as a production intern this fall. I entered this internship with an ecological background and breadth of home gardening experience, and I knew that...
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Building Bridges of Understanding

by Haitham Al-Abdali My name is Haitham and I come from Oman! The country is located in one of the harshest climates around the world. Surrounded by deserts and droughts, the agriculture industry is declining and the country imports most...
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The interdisciplinary Sustainable Food Systems Program aims to make our own Penn State campus and food system a living laboratory for engagement in sustainable agriculture and food systems by strategically linking classroom education with experiential education, 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 the Penn State curriculum.

How to get involved:

  • Student Farm internships (Apply today )
  • For-credit internships
  • Coursework
  • Student-led research
  • Club membership or leadership
  • Volunteer!
  • Sign your group up for a tour

Are you interested in bringing your class to the Student Farm for a tour, workday, or class sessions? We want this space to be a living and learning classroom, so 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

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! If you’re interested in coming out for a tour, sign up here.

Student Farm at Penn State

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