The university farm is designed to enhance Sewanee students’ overall educational experience as well as their understanding of the sustainability challenges that will affect their adult lives. An organic garden is established; the farm has a flock of fifty laying hens, three beehives and a herd of seven meat goat does, which will kid during April 2016. Students recently completed a 30×95’ high-tunnel greenhouse.
Eleven work study students are active during the academic year. Two interns work on Summer projects. About 250 students volunteer or visit the farm each semester and collectively, volunteers average 15-20 participation hours per week. Four VISTA/ Americorp volunteers use the farm as home base to support student outreach to reduce hunger in the surrounding counties. University classes use the farm as a learning resource and lab. Students can also earn credit through independent study at the farm. Several farm to table events are co-hosted each year with student organizations.