The Yale Farm at 345 Edwards Street was established in May 2003, when the Project’s first group of student interns began work transforming a forgotten corner of Farnam Gardens. Today, it is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, and is home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honeybees. In growing, harvesting, and sharing this bounty, volunteers learn about sustainability first hand.
The Yale Farm provides a place where students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members can come together to learn about the connection between land and food. The Farm, a 15-minute walk north of the Old Campus, hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours for local schools. Working through four-season production teaches the principles of sustainability and the practices of sustainable agriculture.
Throughout the school year, the Farm hosts weekly volunteer workdays; in the spring and fall, we end the day with pizza from our hearth oven on Fridays. Yale professors from several departments use the Farm as a resource in their coursework, and teachers from New Haven schools bring their classes to the farm for lessons in ecology, science, and food production. Each summer, six undergraduate interns spend their summer working the land and learning about the connections among sustainability, food and agriculture. And every spring and autumn, new students gather around the hearth oven to share pizza during Bulldog Days and before leaving on pre-orientation trips in the fall.
Crops are grown throughout the year; hardy greens spend the winter months in unheated greenhouses. The harvest is given to volunteers, cooked on-site, donated to hunger relief partners in the community or sold to local restaurants or at CitySeed’s Wooster Square Farmers’ Market.
The West Campus Urban Farm is a new joint initiative of Yale’s West Campus and the Yale Sustainable Food Project. The West Campus Urban Farm began construction in the late summer of 2012, and hosted its first student, researcher, and community groups in 2013. Programming at the West Campus Urban Farm is focused on the West Campus community, including students at the Yale School of Nursing, and researchers in the health disciplines and natural sciences.