The UT Microfarm is the University of Texas’ first student-run, on-campus farm! Our Mission is to serve as a vibrant resource for the UT community by facilitating experiences of sustainable food systems, interdisciplinary collaboration, economic and social justice, and environmental cooperation. We seek to provide an open space for establishing a community that grows together, explores environmental inquiries, and connects to the natural world through food. We strive to practice only organic and sustainable farming techniques.
Our site follows a mixed-use model. About half of our fifth-acre plot is a managed farm area, where decisions are made by the project team and volunteers help with upkeep. The other half is a community garden, with rental plots that are maintained by individual and organization plot owners. Learn more about how to volunteer or rent plots here.
See our Get Involved page to learn more about volunteering, community gardening, and joining our team.
We’re located at 2204 Leona St. 78722, just east of main campus. It’s easily accessed by foot, bike, the UT East Campus shuttle (M-F, Sunday), or the 18, 21, and 22 CapMetro routes.
We use organic and sustainable farm practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, companion planting, planting diversified species, and composting to build soil nutrition and composition while minimizing problems with pests and disease. Efficient use of water is of prime importance to our farm’s operation. Rows crops are outfitted with drip irrigation, ollas are used to irrigate raised beds as well as a portion of our front garden, and two wicking beds irrigate herbs.
- We don’t use non-organic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides; synthetic fertilizers; or GMO seeds.
- To build and maintain healthy soil structure, gardening practices will include the use of compost, organic fertilizers, mulch, and a rotation of plant varieties. Three inches of compost are maintained to prevent soil loss and compaction.
- An effective composting system is operated on-site. Visitors and participants must abide by posted rules concerning the correct handling of compost and compostable materials.
- We don’t use pressure treated wood. All materials to be in contact with growing medium or harvested produce are non-toxic and approved for use by project leaders.
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