Summer Open Volunteer Hours:
Tuesdays: 1-3 PM & 5-7 PM
Wednesdays: 3-5 PM & 6-9 PM

Campus Student Organic Farm

The Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) at Oakland University is a community of students, faculty and staff committed to nourishing the local community through exceptional education and community engagement programs, fresh healthy food, and plenty of fun! The CSOF is a diversified vegetable farm growing over 35 different types of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs located at the southeast corner of campus at Adams and Butler roads.

For more information about the academic programs, class farm tours and scheduling group activities at the farm, contact Dr. Fay Hansen at hansensm@oakland.edu. For student activities, visit our Facebook page.

Academics

Hands­-on farm bases courses covering biology, ecology, food systems, human health and more.
Two courses, “Organic Farming “ and “Permaculture”, give Oakland students a hands­-on learning opportunity that examines the relationships between “food, fiber, and fuel production” practices and both sustainability and community health.

The farm courses are not just for students interested in biology, sustainability, nutrition or farming. These courses provide an intersection between numerous disciplines and emphasize problem ­solving, teamwork and collaboration.

Several major concentrations such as healthcare, education, business, marketing, and communications could all benefit from the hands-­on training that an organic farm has to offer.

  • BIO 331 ­Organic Farming (lecture)
  • BIO 332 ­ Organic Farming Field/Lab
  • BIO 361 ­ Permaculture
  • BIO 362 ­ Permaculture Field/Lab
  • BIO 491 ­ Biology of Food

 

Fresh, Healthy Food

Produce is harvested from our gardens and distributed to the community at the Campus Farm Stand on the main OU campus every Thursday from July 7th through October 13th from 10 AM ­- 1 PM. The farm stand sells over 35 types of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs grown at the Student Organic Farm. The stand can be found between Elliott Tower and the Oakland Center. On August 24th the Farm Stand will be held at the Campus Student Organic Farm at the corner of Adams and Butler Roads from 11 AM-1 PM.

Volunteering through the Student Organic Farm or the Student Organic Farmers @ OU Club provides access to farm produce.  The farm has donated produce to students, the University, food banks, social organizations, non profits and more! You can volunteer your time this summer on Tuesdays from 1-3 PM & 5-7 PM and on 
Wednesdays from 3-5 PM & 6-9 PM.

The Student Organic Farm provides food by special requests for events.

Get Involved!

Get hands­-on experience at the farm, at the campus farm stand or at events. Volunteer opportunities are communicated through our email list and Facebook. Contact Jared Bogdanov-­Hanna, Organic Farm Coordinator for more information at hanna@oakland.edu.

Students have the opportunity to work directly with the farm through the Student Organic Farmers @ OU Club. The club helps distribute produce on campus to students as well as local non profits.  They provide education and student/community engagement opportunities on food systems and health – such as educational/demonstration events, speakers, film screenings, farm potlucks, campus events and more. Contact StudentOrganicFarmersOU@gmail.com,​ or follow them on Facebook and on GrizzOrgs.

The Campus Student Organic Farm also hosts interns from the Environmental Sciences (ENV), Integrated Studies Program and others.

The Student Organic Farm offers student employment and leadership opportunities. The Summer Student Campus Corp (SSCC) ­is a full time summer (May­-August) work program designed to give students real world work experience. Students interested in a particular focus of food systems can apply for Work Study at the farm.