The OHIO Student Farm features student gardens, a tunnel for year-round growing, and field plots.
The Ohio Student Farm has been donating hundreds of pounds of produce annually to the local non-profit Community Food Initiative (CFI). During the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm upped its donations to nearly 1,500 pounds of produce to CFI in 2020. Another 2,000 pounds of produce was donated to the on-campus food pantry "Cat's Cupboard" to benefit students in Athens during the pandemic.
The facility encompasses approximately two acres of planted space, mostly vegetables, and some small grains. The garden also has a variety of perennials, including grapes, hops, rhubarb, blueberries, strawberries, horseradish, and of course, lots of bamboo. Herbs and a selection of medicinal plants and planted for teaching use.
The high tunnel is 30 feet wide and 96 feet long, with approximately 3,000 square feet. The tunnel enables student to raise lettuce, broccoli, onions, cauliflower, peas and beets in the cooler months, and then follow in the warmer months with peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and seed crop broccoli.
In the OHIO Student Farm, students and faculty do both a spring-summer garden plan and an extensive fall garden as well.
In addition to classes that specifically use the garden as a resource, it also is used as a destination for learning communities, such as UC 1900. And it is a place where students can fulfill community service hours, if they choose to do so.