Spring Valley Farm

Farm Fresh Market Returns June 1st

Save the date! Farm Fresh Market is back on Thursday, June 1st! Stop by the Benton Museum patio on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm this summer for fresh picked produce from UConn Spring Valley Student Farm, fresh baked goods from UConn Bakery, and the Dairy Bar truck! Some other great things to check out while you’re at the market:

  • Beanery Cafe at the Benton will be open

Only debit/credit accepted.

Follow UConn Dining on social for Farm Fresh Market updates. If there is inclement weather, the market may take place on the lower floor  of the Student Union near the food court. Market details may change when fall semester begins.

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Dining Services Earns Distinguished National Nutrition Award

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) announced UConn Dining Services as the recipient of a distinguished NACUFS Nutrition Award. Dining Services received gold in the category of Best Local Foods Recipe. The NACUFS Nutrition Awards recognize the outstanding nutrition and wellness programs implemented within collegiate foodservice programs to meet the needs of a dynamic student population.

The winning recipe, Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash and Kale Hand Pies with Lemon Ricotta, is served at Whitney Dining Hall. Whitney is one of eight dining halls on the Storrs campus and features local, vegetarian, and vegan items. The farm-to-table initiative offers sustainable and local food items from a variety of local farmers and food producers including UConn’s Spring Valley Student Farm. UConn Dining is the largest consumer of locally grown produce in Connecticut.

“We are proud to have an administration at UConn that supports our involvement in NACUFS, and a team within Dining Services that believes in supporting local farming which strengthens our local community and economy” says Robert Landolphi, Assistant Director of Culinary Development for UConn Dining Services. “Most importantly we have a student body that dines with us daily and are willing to share with us what is important to them as they assist us in expanding our local and regional purchases.”

NACUFS member institutions across North America submitted entries in two categories — Most Innovative Wellness & Nutrition Program and Best Local Foods Recipe.

UConn Dining has received 21 awards from NACUFS in the last 15 years for recipes, dining hall renovations, gluten free options, culinary challenges, catering, and sustainability initiatives.

Want to try the hand pie recipe at home? Find a printable recipe and demo at dining.uconn.edu/recipes.

The National Association of College & University Food Services was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking.

NACUFS institutional members range from private colleges to large public universities, including two-year and four-year institutions, spanning the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions and other professional groups. For more information, visit NACUFS.org.


Spring Valley Accepting Applications for Summer & Fall Housing

Spring Valley Student Farm is home to 11 undergraduate students who live in two houses (of 4 and 7 student residents) on the farm. Each student contributes ten hours of farm chores per week, including weekly farm meetings. Students live and work together and treasure the family atmosphere of Spring Valley.

Many Spring Valley student farmers are deeply inspired by their experiences at the farm and develop lifelong passions and skills. We open applications whenever spaces become available, usually every semester.

Semester Housing at Spring Valley: Applications are now open for Fall 2022 housing. All full-time undergraduate UConn students are encouraged to apply by February 25, 2022. SVSF applicants are also required to separately submit the on-campus housing application, deadline February 11, through MyHousing (https://reslife.uconn.edu/housing-selection/ ) to be eligible for housing at SVSF. Please find more information and application questions here.pdf

Summer Housing at Spring Valley: Summer housing at SVSF is open to all undergraduate students who are enrolled in classes full time for the following fall or enrolled in summer classes. The application deadline for Summer 2022 housing is Monday, March 7. Please find more information and application questions here.pdf.