Department of Biological Sciences

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

Volunteer Opportunities
Groups or individuals wanting to volunteer should contact

Check out the minor in  Urban Agriculture and Agroecology.

OU News January 2020: Organic Farm grows future leaders while reaping local awards

OU News August 2019:  OU Campus Student Organic Farm launches crowdfunding campaign

Campus Student Organic Farm

Campus Student Organic Farm’s
First Annual Fall Harvest and Plant Sale:

  • Friday September 18, 2020 from 9 AM-12 PM and 3-6 PM.
  • Oakland University Student Organic Farm
  • 3070 Butler Rd., Rochester, MI 48309 -NW corner of Adams Rd. and Butler Rd.

Your purchases support our wonderful research students, interns and future leaders in sustainability! 

We will have an assortment of student-grown organic fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, as well as Michigan genotype native plants for sale. Shop early, bring your friends and a shopping bag.

COVID-19 precautions & safety plans will be in place at the sale and are in practice at the farm, including use of masks and social distancing.  Cash or checks only.

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 3070 Butler Road in the southeast corner of campus at the intersection of 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 or For student activities, visit our Facebook page or the Student Organic Farmers organization.


We offer courses covering biology, ecology, food systems, human health and more. This is a list of the undergraduate courses currently available:

  • BIO 3360 ­ Organic Farming (lecture)
  • BIO 3361 ­ Applied Organic Farming (lab & field studies)
  • BIO 3362 ­ Permaculture
  • BIO 3363 ­ Permaculture Laboratory
  • BIO 4338  Food Systems Biology

The Organic Farming and Permaculture courses give Oakland students a hands­-on learning opportunity that examines the relationships between food, fiber, and fuel production practices as well as gain an understanding of sustainability and community health.

Courses are not just for students interested in biology, sustainability, nutrition or farming. They 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.

We offer a minor in Urban Agriculture and Agroecology and also provide students many opportunities to perform community service or complete a special project for their classes.

Fresh, Healthy Food

The farm grows over 50 varieties of fresh produce and cut flowers. Produce is harvested from our gardens and distributed to the campus community through our weekly summer/fall Campus Farmstand and through subscriptions to a Farm Share program.

Farmstand: Our student-operated Campus Farmstand is held every Thursday, starting the second week of July and running through the second week of October. The farmstand is located in front of Kresge Library near the Elliott Tower, but is moved indoors to the OU Recreation Center during inclement weather. We also hold an annual Thanksgiving produce and bake sale at the OU Recreation Center from 10AM until 2PM the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Farmshares: Produce is also distributed through our Farm Share program, which is based on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model. We offer a Full Season (20 week share), and 3 different eight-week shares: Early Season, Late Season, and Flowers. A Farm Share consists of a weekly half-bushel share of the farm’s seasonal produce, consisting of 4-8 varieties of produce, depending on the season. Contact for details on price, dates, and availability.

Feeding the Community: We offer our volunteers “farmer food” and donate produce to several nonprofit services in the area.

Get Involved!

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

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

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

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