Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteering on the farm is a great way to see what we do and learn something at the same time!  The vast majority of volunteer opportunities take place during the growing season between May and October.  During the growing season, we can always use extra hands for any task, from planting to harvest, tilling to weeding. From time to time, we'll also host big workday events--follow our twitter feed for details!.  If you'd like to come out and volunteer, email us at umsof@umn.edu with your name, a description of what you're interested in, and your availability.

Take a course

Taking a course offers students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Student Organic Farm. In the Fall, the Horticulture and Agronomy departments partner with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to offer the Student Farm Marketing and Planning course, HORT/AGRO 3131/5131, taught by Julie Grossman.  This class isn't just for CFANS students-every year we teach enthusiastic would-be farmers from colleges and departments across the university.

Become a Farm Apprentice or Intern

The Cornercopia Apprenticeship program selects 2-3 students each year to experience the full season of a working organic farm from January through October. Apprentices work part-time on the farm in the spring and early fall, and full-time in the summer.  Many of our Apprentices start by taking HORT 3131, the student organic farm course, and thus get to participate in a full year of farming while still a student!  In addition to the apprenticeship program, Cornercopia also hires part-time Interns during the summer months, allowing more flexibility with other work, family, or school obligations. Applications to be an Apprentice open in November each year. For Intern positions, applications open in March.

Do research

Each summer a handful of especially motivated undergraduates choose to pursue grant opportunities to do research at Cornercopia.  UROP and Johnson Research Internship grants allow students to design and conduct a research project in a wide range of topics.

Eat our produce

Of course, one of the best and easiest ways to be involved with any farm is to eat the food produced there. Cornercopia sells on Wednesdays at the East Bank on-campus Farmer's Market at Gateway Plaza. July-October, 11am-2pm, and in front of the Andrew Boss Meat Lab 2pm-5pm. See maps of our market locations here. The Campus Club in Coffman Union is our biggest customer, and works wonders with the fresh, ultra-local food we send their way. It has also been a pleasure to supply University Dining Services during the last few years.