The UT Microfarm is the University of Texas’ first student-run, on-campus farm! We are currently funded by the UT Green Fee and our organization falls under the Campus Environmental Center. Our goal is to grow food for our local community, while creating and facilitating a number of opportunities pursuing innovation, education, sustainable systems, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is extremely important to us that we practice only organic and sustainable farming techniques.
Spring 2016 weekly workdays: Thurs. 3:30-6:30pm & Sun. 9-12pm
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.
Farm Operations & Rules
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.
- The use of non-organic herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides is prohibited. Use of synthetic fertilizers is not allowed. Planting GMO seeds is prohibited.
- 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 shall be maintained to prevent soil loss and compaction.
- An effective composting system will be maintained on-site. Visitors and participants must abide by posted rules concerning the correct handling of compost and compostable materials. Contributors of compostable materials must first receive permission from Farm Leadership.
- The use of pressure treated wood is prohibited. All materials to be in contact with growing medium or harvested produce must be non-toxic and approved for use by Farm Leadership.
Frequently Asked Questions
- HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday at East 5th & Comal St. from 11am-3pm at the Yard to Market Co-op booth
- Farm stands every Monday 3-5pm at West Mall (2231 Guadalupe) on the University of Texas at Austin campus
For Spring 2016, workdays are Thursday 3-5pm and Sundays 9am-12pm. Check our Facebook for weather updates and cancellations.
Where is the farm located and how do I get there?
Our address is 2204 Leona Street, in East Campus. Walking and biking are always good options. If you have a car, there is some street parking available. The East Campus Shuttle also picks up from the northeast and southeast sides of campus and has a stop on Comal near Manor, which is about a block from the farm. The 18, 21, and 22 Cap Metro routes also drop off within two blocks of the farm.
Can I just show up?
There’s no need to RSVP (unless you’re bringing a large group), just show up to the farm at any time during the workday. Groups larger than 10 individuals should contact the UT Microfarm staff by emailing email@example.com.
Do I have to stay the whole time?
You’re free to stay for as long or as little as you want!
Do I need to bring or wear anything special?
Wear comfortable clothes that can get a little dirty, closed-toed shoes, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle. We do generally provide water on-site.
What do you do at workdays?
It will depend on the day, but tasks may include removing grass, spreading compost and mulch, planting seeds, harvesting, raking, and watering.
What if I’ve never gardened before?
All levels of experience are welcome. We love opportunities to teach people about gardening and sustainable agriculture!
Questions, comments? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in getting more involved? See our Get Involved page for more info.