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Spring Valley Student Farm

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Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF) sprouted in spring 2010 from a project planted by Residential Life. Since that time SVSF has blossomed into a year-round community for eleven student farmers living in two UConn houses 4.5 miles off campus. The student farmers learn about sustainable community living, organic food growing methods and the business aspects of how food is harvested, processed and presented to the UConn dining community. As stewards and ambassadors of the farm the student farmers support Spring Valley Student Farm as an educational destination where everyone may come together to learn and grow.

Spring Valley Student Farm exists as a collaborative venture between Dining Services, Residential Life, EcoHouse Learning Community and First Year Programs, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Office of Environmental Policy, and the Office of Public Engagement-Service Learning.

Spring Valley Student Farm Mission:

Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF) provides an opportunity for UConn students and the greater community to join together to learn about environmentally, socially and economically ethical regenerative food production through hands-on experience. The Farm allows students to gain practical knowledge and skills through experiential learning while simultaneously modeling a closed loop food model in which organic produce is grown on campus for UConn Dining Services. See our brochure here.

Spring Valley Student Farm Vision:

  • Spring Valley Student Farm aims to be a place where students, faculty, staff, and Storrs-Mansfield community members can come together to learn about the connections between land, food, and people
  • Serve as a vanguard for the local, organic food movement on the UConn campus by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of the foods they consume daily.
  • Model efficient, effective regenerative organic farming techniques that yield healthy productive soil, increased farm biodiversity and hundreds of varieties of high quality vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers
  • Encourage imaginative, innovative, and creative thinking to achieve more sustainable lifestyles
  • Host workshops, seminars, tours, and volunteer work days for the campus community, local residents, and local schools

Spring Valley Student Farm Provides Fresh Produce to Retail Restaurants

Spring Valley Student Farm provides fresh seasonal produce to Dining Services’ Chuck & Augie’s Restaurant located in the Student Union. Working directly with the manager and chefs at Chuck & Augie’s, menus are planned around availability of seasonal vegetables from the farm. Meetings are held to discuss future seed plantings as well. Spring Valley Student Farm will also provides fresh produce to One Plate, Two Plates: Fast Food Served Healthy & Fresh, Dining’s newest retail operation in the Student Union.

 

Grow / Prepare / Eat Workshop

An Interactive College/University Student Farmer/Gardener Workshop.

Save the date: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th 2016

A one day communal gathering where members of student gardens and those interested in starting a student garden on college campuses can join together for a day of education and idea sharing.

Registration information forthcoming in August.

Friday Volunteer Days 2016

Friday, March 25th through Friday, April 29th, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, you may volunteer to help on the farm with other UConn students. A shuttle bus leaves from behind Sprague Hall at 3:45 to take you to the farm and the bus returns you to campus after 6:15pm. Help out just one time or all six weeks. Contact julia.cartabiano@uconn.edu for more information.

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Fall 2016 Resident Housing Application – FILLED as of 3/4/16

SVSF is located 4.5 miles off-campus at 104 and 86 Spring Manor Road in Mansfield but is part of on-campus housing. They may apply to live at SVSF before acceptance into on-campus housing but living at SVSF is dependent on their acceptance into on-campus housing.

There is no University transportation provided between the farm and the main Storrs campus. The farm is located about one mile from the Depot Campus which is on the bus line. Many SVSF residents carpool.

SVSF is open to all undergraduate students. Upon becoming a SVSF resident they become part of EcoHouse and must take a required 1 credit EcoHouse class. Current or previous EcoHouse members are not required to take any further EcoHouse classes but may take them if they wish. For questions about EcoHouse please contact Kristen Glines at kristen.glines@uconn.edu.

EcoGarden Paid Summer Student Gardener Application – FILLED

This position is open only to students of the University of Connecticut who are currently enrolled full time for the fall 2016 semester. Applicants must be physically capable of performing the strenuous physical labor necessary to do garden chores under a variety of climatic conditions. The student gardener needs to have a curious mind, an interest in organic gardening methods, good communication skills, a sense of humor in the face of adversity, be able to work independently without direct supervision, good problem solving abilities, and have a proven positive work ethic. Click heading for more information.

EcoGarden Paid Summer Student Gardener Application

Paid Summer Student Farmer Application 2016

This position is open only to students of the University of Connecticut who are currently enrolled full time for the fall 2016 semester. Previous volunteer time at Spring Valley Student Farm is highly considered during the selection process. Applicants must be physically capable of performing the strenuous physical labor necessary to do farm chores under a variety of climatic conditions. The student farmer needs to have a curious mind, the desire to do whatever it takes to get the produce to market, a sense of humor in the face of adversity, and a proven positive work ethic.

Paid Summer Student Farmer Application 2016

Summer Resident Cooperative Housing Application 2016 (non-paid)

Summer residence at SVSF is open to any UConn student currently enrolled for summer 2016 classes or enrolled for the fall 2016 semester. SVSF is located 4.5 miles off campus at 104 and 86 Spring Manor Road in Mansfield, Connecticut off Route 32 just north of the intersection with Route 44. Students who live at SVSF are expected to volunteer 10 hours per week of labor to qualify for a significantly discounted room rental rate. Click heading for more information.

Summer Resident Cooperative Housing Application 2016 (non-paid)

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