Yale Sustainable Food Program

Visit and Volunteer

2017 Volunteer Hours:

June 1 through August 12:

The Yale Farm holds open Volunteer Workday hours on: 

Fridays and Saturdays (9:00am–4:00pm) 

August 13 through August 31: 

The Yale Farm holds open Volunteer Workday hours on: 

Fridays (9:00am–12:00pm)

September 1 through December 15:  

The Yale Farm holds open Volunteer Workday hours on: 

Wednesdays (1:00pm–5:00pm)

Fridays (2:00pm–4:00pm)

Sundays (1:00pm–5:00pm)

Note: there will be no volunteer workdays the week of October 16 due to Fall Recess at Yale.

What Happens at a Yale Farm Workday?

Show Up

Everyone, including non-Yale affiliates, is welcome. No gardening experience is necessary. Just bring a water bottle and wear weather- and work-appropriate clothing. If you are a group of more than five people, please give us a week’s notice of your planned visit: call us at 203.432.2084 or email sustainablefoodproject@yale.edu. If you are coming with fewer than five people, no advance notice is necessary. 

Sign In

Once you’ve arrived, find a student intern wearing a YSFP wheelbarrow t-shirt. These interns are in charge of the workday, and will sign you in and explain the day’s work before assigning you a task.

Help Out

What you’ll do depends on the day and the season. On a fall Friday you might be helping to harvest tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli and kale; an early winter Sunday might find you planting garlic and tulips for spring. Feel free to ask questions of the interns in charge– we want you to learn as well as work!

Knead 2 Know!

On Fridays from September through late November (and starting again after spring break) we serve pizza to visitors and volunteers as they enjoy a 15-minute presentation on a food systems topic delivered by a Yale undergraduate. We call this our Knead 2 Know series, and it is a wonderful way to tap into the many food conversations occurring on campus. Knead 2 Know begins at 4:30pm, and is followed by music and more pizza. 

About our pizza: the dough is made from scratch on the Farm that morning, and it’s topped with Farm ingredients before being cooked in our wood fired oven. Gluten free and vegan options are always available. New Haven is famous for its pizza– and we’re pretty confident that ours is the best in the city.

Please note: We regret that we cannot rent the Farm’s facilities for parties or other events. We do not hold work hours other than those regularly scheduled.

Group/School Tours of the Yale Farm

We are happy to accept applications for group visits of up to 30 people to the Yale Farm. Visits normally include a farm tour and a specialized farm task, both led by a member of our outstanding student staff.

To register for a group visit, please complete this form. Our staff will respond to your request within five business days.

Because group visits are dependent upon student availability, we’re sorry that we cannot accommodate every request.

With rare exceptions, our pizza oven is unavailable for group visits.

Group programing is free of charge for Yale-affiliated groups, New Haven Public Schools, West Haven Public Schools, and Orange Public Schools. All other groups are charged a $25 flat-rate fee. Financial aid is available upon request.

Getting to the Farm

The Yale Farm is about a fifteen-minute walk from central campus: walk up College Street, and continue north as it crosses Grove to become Prospect Street. From Prospect Street, turn right on Edwards just past Science Hill. The Farm will be on your left at 345 Edwards Street; look for the sign at the gate. Yale’s Blue Line Shuttle (northbound) and Red Line Shuttle (southbound) both serve the Yale Farm at the stop at Chemistry/225 Whitney. Click here to see the Shuttle locations in real-time and get the most up-to-date shuttle route and stop information. If you are driving, parking is available at the Leitner Observatory, at 355 Prospect Street.

Getting to the Yale Landscape Lab

The Yale Landscape Lab hosts workdays that change weekly. Get the most up-to-date information on the workday schedule for both farms via our newsletter, our calendar, or by following our Twitter.

For more information, please contact Justin Freiberg at j.freiberg@yale.edu.

The Yale Landscape Lab is located on Yale’s West Campus, just a short ride away from central campus.

The Yale University Shuttle is a free service that provides transportation for the Yale community between West Campus and the Central and Medical School campuses, and will drop you right off at the Farm. The Green line runs Monday through Friday and travels directly between the West Campus and Science Hill, Lot 22. The Purple line runs 7 days per week and travels directly between the West Campus and the Medical School and also to Union Station. View West Campus shuttle schedule.

Driving directions to West Campus can be found here.