Department of Biological Sciences

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

2019 Farmstand Season
Every Thursday: 10 AM – 2 PM
July 18th - October 17th

Oakland Center, near east entrance

Summer 2019 Open Volunteer Hours
MWF 9 AM- 3 PM

Watch for special volunteer events associated with building a hoophouse mid-late summer.

Groups wanting to volunteer should contact for scheduling volunteer days.

Check out the minor in  Urban Agriculture and Agroecology.

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. We are located at 3070 Butler Rd.

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.


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 minor in Urban Agriculture and Agroecology.

We also provide many opportunities for students requiring community service or needing special projects 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.

Farmstand: Our student-operated Campus Farmstand is held every Thursday, starting in the second
week of July and running through the second week of October. The farmstand is located in front of
Kresge Library. During inclement weather, the farmstand will move indoors to the Campus Recreation
Center. In addition, we hold an annual Thanksgiving produce and bake sale at the Campus Recreation
Center 10 – 2 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 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 we also donate produce to several nonprofit services in the area.

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.