Our purpose is to foster a transformative experience of personal development for University students through an immersive and intimate practice in restorative agriculture.
We aim to impart enduring and transferable knowledge through
educational experiences that develop an optimistic and proactive worldview based upon mastery of practical skills. We are committed to empowering students with educational experiences while connecting them with the deep history of agriculture and agrarian literature, especially as it relates to the South Cumberland Plateau. Through curriculum integration and by developing co-curricular programs we provide opportunities for students to think deeply about their place in the world and how today’s choices affect tomorrow’s outcomes.
We are both a grower for the University’s dining operations and an outdoor classroom/laboratory for students and educators. Through our efforts to restore soil health and provide food for the McClurg Dining Hall and Stirling’s Coffee House, we examine the myriad social, economic, environmental, and political issues that stem from our nation’s food system and management of natural resources. We are pleased to renew our agricultural tradition on campus and to use the study of sustainable food systems as a platform for interdisciplinary learning.
The University Farm is also an important collaborator in Sewanee’s community engagement initiative. It serves as an educational destination for K-12 schools and facilitates student interactions with the tri-county area. It is home base for four AmeriCorps VISTAs working on hunger relief, conservation and sustainability, economic development, and education projects.