Yale Sustainable Food Program


Harvest: A Yale Pre-Orientation Program

Are you an incoming freshman or transfer student who would like to meet your best friends at Yale while getting your hands dirty working on local farms?  A student leader who would like to guide a trip and welcome new students to Yale while cooking in the outdoors with produce you’ve harvested?  Do you enjoy spending afternoons cooling off in nearby rivers, and evenings talking late into the night around a campfire?  Join us on the Harvest pre-orientation program, and spend five days in August on a local, organic farm with incoming freshmen and two student leaders before the start of on-campus orientation.
Harvest begins at the Yale Farm (a ten minute walk from central campus), where students meet their group leaders and share a lunch of pizza cooked in the farm’s wood-burning oven.  After a brief orientation, groups leave for some of New England’s most beautiful farms.  Students on Harvest participate in activities ranging from picking vegetables to baking bread to planting to new crops to constructing chicken tractors.  In the afternoons and evenings, students hike on nearby trails, swim in local rivers and ponds, play volleyball, hang out around a campfire, get to know each other and talk about life at Yale.  Freshmen arrive back at Yale with an unforgettable experience behind them and a new group of close friends, ready to start the semester.
Harvest offers a great opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture in New England, while getting to know your fellow classmates and talking with trip leaders about life at Yale.  No experience farming is necessary—all are welcome.  Students come to the program with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, but all share an adventurous spirit and eagerness to build lasting friendships.  We run a limited number of trips, so don’t delay in signing up!

For more information, to sign up for a trip, or to apply to be a Harvest leader, please visit harvest.yalecollege.yale.edu.