Since 2004, we’ve been providing a space to learn and grow.
Our campus farm, located on idyllic 9th Avenue in Collegeville, is just a short walk from the heart of campus. These 2.5 acres of land are managed using organic practices by Farm Fellows and Director of Sustainability Kate Keppen. Each year, our Fellows plan, plant, tend to, and harvest our crops. They’re given lots of freedom to decide what to plant. In the past, Fellows have conducted soil research, made and sold gourmet pickles from our cucumbers, and raised chickens.
The farm is a favorite volunteer spot on campus, with Greek organizations, sports teams, classes, and first-year students all coming out to help. We also engage faculty, staff, and the Collegeville community through our raised beds, available to rent each summer for personal growing uses, and our annual Harvest Fest each fall.
Growing food is hard work! If you’re interested in learning how to create a planting plan, till, clean vegetables, raise both perennials and annuals, and harvest food, you’re in the right place! Our Farm Fellowship is a one-year position, running from January until December. You’ll get all of the leadership and educational aspects of our Sustainability Fellows program, with the added bonus of spending summer at Ursinus to manage our farm. Some of the perks include:
- $150 stipend per semester
- Living stipend for the summer
- Free housing during the summer
- Course credit
- Green cord at graduation
From left: Jess Greenburg '21, Director of Sustainability Kate Keppen, and Madi Moses '20 (August 2018)
Madi Moses taking soil samples for her research
2018 Farm Fellow Jess Greenburg getting ready for a day of work
2018 Farm Fellows Jess Greenburg '21, Madi Moses '20, and Paige Miller '21
2019 Farm Fellow Brandon Slaboda (Class of '22) showing off some of our blueberries, one of our most popular crops.
Jess Greenburg watering horseradish, one of our perennial crops.
Madi Moses and Kait Lawrence planting crops