The Yale Farm is a one-acre lush and productive academic farm situated on Yale’s central campus. Twelve months a year, Yale students grow vegetables, herbs, berries, fruits, flowers, fiber and fuel crops. They care for a pastured poultry flock and honeybees, manage nutrient flows in the soil, and incorporate season extension through passively-heated high tunnels. The agricultural operation meets or exceeds local organic standards.
The Yale Farm is dedicated to multidisciplinary study of food and agriculture. Year round, Yale undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members visit the Farm to participate in tours and tasks. The Farm hosts weekly volunteer workdays run by our staff of student interns, and Yale Farm internships teach agricultural principles applicable to food systems around the world. Farm-hosted events unify the campus, and our “Seed to Salad” Program brings classes from New Haven Public Schools to the farm in Spring and Fall. Every Summer, six undergraduate interns manage the Yale Farm and study the regional food system as part of the Lazarus Summer Internship.
The West Campus Urban Farm is a new hub of activity and learning. Everyone — beginners and seasoned growers alike — is welcome to come help tend the farm, harvest produce, and relax. The farm is also a space for scientific research and educational programming. The layout has been designed with picnic benches scattered throughout the Farm, and plenty of raised beds that grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits across all four seasons. The Farm is always open to the community, and there are volunteer days when the manager of the Farm, Justin Freiberg, will be present to introduce you to the farm and give helpful growing tips. Volunteer days are announced through the West Campus Urban Farm newsletter. Please subscribe to the newsletter if you’re interested. For more information, or to see if the West Campus Urban Farm is a place that could work into your research interests, please contact Justin Freiberg.