Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

2019 Farmstand Season
No more dates for 2019
Thank you for your support!

Volunteer Opportunities
Groups or individuals wanting to volunteer should contact organicfarm@oakland.edu.

Check out the minor in  Urban Agriculture and Agroecology.

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 50 different types of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs located at 3070 Butler Road in the southeast corner of campus at the intersection of 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 or organicfarm@oakland.edu. For student activities, visit our Facebook page or the Student Organic Farmers organization.

Academics

We offer courses covering biology, ecology, food systems, human health and more. This is a list of the undergraduate courses currently available:

  • BIO 3360 ­ Organic Farming (lecture)
  • BIO 3361 ­ Applied Organic Farming (lab & field studies)
  • BIO 3362 ­ Permaculture
  • BIO 3363 ­ Permaculture Laboratory
  • BIO 4338  Food Systems Biology

The Organic Farming and Permaculture courses give Oakland students a hands­-on learning opportunity that examines the relationships between food, fiber, and fuel production practices as well as gain an understanding of sustainability and community health.

Courses are not just for students interested in biology, sustainability, nutrition or farming. They 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.

We offer a minor in Urban Agriculture and Agroecology and also provide students many opportunities to perform community service or complete a special project for their classes.

Fresh, Healthy Food

The farm grows over 50 varieties of fresh produce and cut flowers. Produce is harvested from our gardens and distributed to the campus community through our weekly summer/fall Campus Farmstand and through subscriptions to a Farm Share program.

Farmstand: Our student-operated Campus Farmstand is held every Thursday, starting the second week of July and running through the second week of October. The farmstand is located in front of Kresge Library near the Elliott Tower, but is moved indoors to the OU Recreation Center during inclement weather. We also hold an annual Thanksgiving produce and bake sale at the OU Recreation Center from 10AM until 2PM the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Farmshares: Produce is also distributed through our Farm Share program, which is based on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model. We offer a Full Season (20 week share), and 3 different eight-week shares: Early Season, Late Season, and Flowers. A Farm Share consists of a weekly half-bushel share of the farm’s seasonal produce, consisting of 4-8 varieties of produce, depending on the season. Contact organicfarm@oakland.edu for details on price, dates, and availability.

Feeding the Community: We offer our volunteers “farmer food” and donate produce to several nonprofit services in the area.

Get Involved!

Get hands­-on experience at the farm, at the Campus Farmstand or at events. Volunteer opportunities are communicated through our email list and Facebook.

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

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

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