The vision for the Field and Fork Program is to offer spaces at UF where individuals can take courses, engage with demonstrations, and participate in activities that focus on sustainable agriculture and food systems at multiple scales from a home, community garden, or small/urban farm to large scale production.
The Teaching Farm
The Teaching Farm hosts a variety of productions systems that can be used for experiential learning, From Art and History to Engineering and Agronomy, the farm is designed to allow for all disciplines to be able to explore and experience food systems concepts and sustainable agriculture in practice. The Farm can also be used for tours and events.
The Student Gardens
The Student Garden space are geared towards community engagement. Here volunteers and members of the Garden work together to manage the space and to provide food for themselves, as well as to donate food to the Field and Fork Pantry and local charities. This space also offers demonstrations that showcase world cultures and their relationships to plants, home gardening, and the link between agriculture and natural resources. The Gardens can also be used for classes, tours, and events.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get involved?
Faculty – Faculty are invited to work with our staff to develop courses, units, or simply to bring a class out to the farm for a field trip. We also offer space for student independent research and have a number of interesting demonstrations for visitors to explore. We can offer assistance with developing experiential learning activities or courses. For questions or more information on how to get started, please email us at FarmandGardens@cals.ufl.edu.
Students – The Farm and Gardens offer lots of ways for students to get involved. We have internships, volunteer opportunities, work study positions, independent study options, student research plots, and student clubs that participate in the gardens. If you are interested in working with us or learning more about any of these opportunities, please email us at: FarmandGardens@cals.ufl.edu.
Staff and Community – We welcome everyone to become a part of our community. We have lots of volunteer opportunities, beautiful spaces to explore, and often host events that are open to the public. We also need support to keep our gardens growing, and welcome both monetary and in-kind donations. TO learn more about how you can get involved, please check out our events calendar and/or email us at: FarmandGardens@cals.ufl.edu
Where is the Farm?
The Field and Fork Farm is located near Fifield Hall, at the end of IFAS Research Drive. To get there from main campus, take Gale Lemerand Drive to Mowry Drive. Turn right on Hull Road (toward SW Rec Center) and then Left on IFAS Research Drive. Bus Route: 117
Where are the Student Gardens?
The Gardens are located on Museum Drive, across from Lake Alice, and are marked by the iconic Bat Houses. Bus Routes: 20, 119, 125
What do you produce and where does food from the Farm and Gardens go?
Although production is not a main focus for the Teaching Farm, our rotations include a diversity of food crops, and any food produced is donated to food pantries, used for educational events, or becomes part of course work in harvest, post-harvest, processing, etc. At the Student Gardens, we grow a diverse selection of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Students may contribute to the farm by becoming a member of the Gator Gardening Club. Members of the farm work together producing food and managing the farm, and all food produced goes to members and to those in need. Internships offered at the student garden give students the opportunity to experience running a farm on a day-to-day basis. Students may also participate as a volunteer, an excellent option for those who need volunteer hours and have an interest in gardening and farming. If you want to learn about more ways to get involved click here.