SVSF Outreach

Farm Update

The farm will not be open to visitors or volunteers this fall due to Covid-19.

EcoHouse

Students living at SVSF are part of the EcoHouse Learning Community (LC). As a part of the EcoHouse LC, SVSF farmers encourage all EcoHouse members to participate in on-farm activities. Additionally, SVSF farmers present on-campus informational talks and workshops specifically for EcoHouse members as well as offering special on-farm events. All UConn LCs are encouraged to visit and volunteer at the farm on Farm Fridays and at other times.

USG clubs -SVSF Club, EcoGarden, Beekeeping Club

Join SVSF community members as we engage with multiple on-campus clubs. Some of the clubs we manage, or participate in, are Spring Valley Student Farm club, EcoGarden club, and Beekeeping club. For more information about on-campus clubs go to https://uconntact.uconn.edu/.

On-Farm Tours

for UConn classes, student or community clubs, school groups, summer camps, and other community members.

Spring Valley Student Farm welcomes UConn classes, student or community clubs, K-12 school groups, daycare facilities, summer camps and other community members to join us for fun and educational workshops or tours. We will work with instructors or group leaders to customize your SVSF experience.

Let us know what topics you are interested in and we will provide knowledgeable UConn students to engage with your group. Some of the topics we have covered for past schools and groups include pollinators, soil biology, importance of diversity in agriculture, vegetable plant families, parts of the plant, and composting. These topics and many more are covered in a fun and interactive way where students have the opportunity to get their hands dirty participating in actual food growing techniques. If you would like more information about visiting the farm with your group please contact Farm Manager Julia.Cartabiano@uconn.edu or phone 860-508-7706.

On-Campus presentations and workshops for clubs or classes

SVSF students are available to discuss sustainable food systems with your club or class on-campus. We present to many different classes on a variety of topics that are part of a sustainable food system. Contact Farm Manager Julia Cartabiano if you would like more information about how we can engage your class on-campus.

Bug Week – Insect Wonders at the Farm

This event is a collaboration with College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources UConn Extension Service.

An annual event fourth week of July. Free and open to the public. https://bugs.uconn.edu/

Earth Day Spring Fling – Third week of April

This event is a organized by DDS and Office of Environmental Policy - EcoHusky club

https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/earth-day-spring-fling/

Fresh Check Day – spring weekend third weekend in April

This event is organized by Counseling and Mental Health Services

https://freshcheckday.com/schools/university-connecticut/

Special summer Tuesday Tour events

These special topic talks are offered once a month at 5 & 7 PM!

Some topics we have covered are

  1. Importance of dandelions for pollinators
  2. Ways to help the Monarch Butterfly
  3. The why and how of
    1. Composting  
    2. Edible Forest Gardening
    3. Soil building and cover crops
    4. Solar thermal greenhouse heating