UMass Extension Vegetable Program

Student Farming Enterprise

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History of the Project     

2013 marks the 7th season of the UMass Student Farming Enterprise program here at UMass. SFE began in the fall of 2007 with two students growing kale and broccoli through an independent study. In spring 2008, it was established as a year-long Plant, Soil, and Insect Science class - spring and fall, with a summer farming component. It has been developed and taught by vegetable specialists Ruth Hazzard and Amanda Brown and the farm manager of the UMass Crop and Research and Education Center, Kyle Bostrom. 

Graduates of the Student Farming Enterprise have started farming on their own, moved on to managerial positions at farms throughout the region and some have established employment with organizations such as The Farm School Project and The National Organic Farmers Association.

A Great Opportunity

The Plant, Soil and Insect Science depatrment provides students with a strong science based academic background.  This knowledge base, combined with the hands-on learning that this course provides, is making UMass Amherst the place to be for research based, inovative, creative and student driven experiential learning in agriculture.

Our students have a variety of backgrounds and come from many departments on campus as well as from the other five colleges. Many are Plant, Soil, and Insect Science majors, but other majors have included Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Natural Resource Conservation; Art; and BDIC (Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration).

The Student Farming Enterprise has received funding from The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, and the Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program, and the College of Natural Sciences.

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Our Fall CSA Has been a great success!

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What is a CSA share??

CSA shares are a great way to get local, affordable produce directly from a neighborhood farm. By signing up for a CSA share in the spring, you can provide a farm with up-front support and a partnership that will last all season.  Once the payment is taken care of, all you have to do is show up every week during the harvest season and pick up your food!

In the fall of 2013, the Student Farming Enterprise will provide 50 shares of local, organic produce to the UMass community. Members include students, faculty, and staff.  Shares include over 15 pounds of fresh weekly organic produce over a 10 week period (September through November).


$325 per share: ($100 deposit due MAY 2013, remaining balance due at first pick up in September).

Dates: 10 weeks from September 13th to November 15th, 2013.

Fill out this form to sign up for your share!