Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

2017 Indoor Farmstand
Every Thursday 11 AM - 1 PM
now until November 16, 2017
Campus Recreation Center 

Student Organic Farm Field Day
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Check out the new minor in 
Urban Agriculture and Agroecology

Fall 2017 Open Volunteer Hours:

Monday 10 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 9 AM - Noon
Sunday 9 AM - Noon

Campus Student Organic Farm

The Campus Student Organic Farm (CSOF) at Oakland University is a community of students, faculty and staff committed to nourishing the local community through exceptional education and community engagement programs, fresh healthy food, and plenty of fun! The CSOF is a diversified vegetable farm growing over 50 different types of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs located at the southeast corner of campus at Adams and Butler roads.

For more information about the academic programs, class farm tours, and scheduling group activities at the farm, contact Dr. Fay Hansen at For student activities, visit our Facebook page.


Hands­-on farm bases courses covering biology, ecology, food systems, human health and more.
Two courses, “Organic Farming “ and “Permaculture”, give Oakland students a hands­-on learning opportunity that examines the relationships between “food, fiber, and fuel production” practices and both sustainability and community health.

The farm courses are not just for students interested in biology, sustainability, nutrition or farming. These courses provide an intersection between numerous disciplines and emphasize problem ­solving, teamwork and collaboration.

Several major concentrations such as healthcare, education, business, marketing, and communications could all benefit from the hands-­on training that an organic farm has to offer.

  • BIO 3360 ­Organic Farming (lecture)
  • BIO 3361 ­ Organic Farming Field/Lab
  • BIO 3362 ­ Permaculture
  • BIO 3363 ­ Permaculture Field/Lab
  • BIO 4900 ­ Biology of Food

 We now offer a NEW minor in Urban Agriculture and Agroecology.

Fresh, Healthy Food

Produce is harvested from our gardens and distributed to the community at the Campus Farm Stand on the main OU campus every Thursday from early July through mid October from 10 AM ­- 2 PM. The farm stand sells over 35 types of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs grown at the Student Organic Farm. The stand can be found near the Kresge Library. 

Volunteering through the Student Organic Farm or the Student Organic Farmers @ OU Club provides access to farm produce.  The farm has donated produce to students, the University, food banks, social organizations, non profits and more!

The Student Organic Farm provides food by special requests for events.

Get Involved!

Get hands­-on experience at the farm, at the campus farm stand or at events. Volunteer opportunities are communicated through our email list and Facebook.

Students have the opportunity to work directly with the farm through the Student Organic Farmers @ OU Club. The club helps distribute produce on campus to students as well as local non profits.  They provide education and student/community engagement opportunities on food systems and health – such as educational/demonstration events, speakers, film screenings, farm potlucks, campus events and more. Contact,​ or follow them on Facebook and on GrizzOrgs.

The Campus Student Organic Farm also hosts interns from the Environmental Sciences (ENV), Integrated Studies Program and others.

The Student Organic Farm offers student employment and leadership opportunities. The Summer Student Campus Corp (SSCC) ­is a full time summer (May­-August) work program designed to give students real world work experience. Students interested in a particular focus of food systems can apply for Work Study at the farm.