The UT Microfarm is the University of Texas at Austin’s 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.

We engage with hundreds of students and various student organizations every year, as well as staff, faculty, and the general Austin community.

We are funded by the UT Green Fee and are a project of the Campus Environmental Center.

Farm Location

We’re located at 2204 Leona St. 78722, just east of the main UT-Austin campus. You can get to the farm via

  • Foot (20 mins from UT tower)
  • Bike (10 mins from UT tower) t
  • UT East Campus shuttle (M-F, Sunday)
  • CapMetro routes 18, 21, and 22

Farm Operations

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 irrigationollas are used to irrigate raised beds as well as a portion of our front xeriscape 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.

How to get involved

Volunteer at Microfarm

During the Spring 2017 semester, our volunteer workdays are Sundays 10 am to noon. Anyone is welcome to attend these volunteering times. Learn more about volunteering.

Community Garden

Starting Fall 2016, Microfarm will be offering community garden plots in as a continuation of the former Concho Community Garden. Community gardens get access to soil, tools and resources needed to grow and harvest your own food. Plots are available to all UT affiliates. Learn more about renting a community garden plot.

Join the Microfarm Team

Have an insatiable knack for farming? Ever wonder where food comes from? Consider joining our team. These positions could work well as leadership and research experiences for a number of different majors, careers, and academic programs. Team members have flexibility to pursue what they’re interested in. No experience necessary to apply, just enthusiasm. Learn more about joining our team.

Donate materials

The success of the UT Microfarm project is in so many ways dependent upon the generosity of volunteers, collaborators, and supporters. If you can help us out with any donations, materials, or skills, we’d much appreciate it! Learn more about donating.

Give suggestions and stay updated

Email us at microfarm@utenvironment.org to share your questions/suggestions/ideas and check us out on Facebook!

An homage to our wonderful, hard-working volunteer groups

Texas Infinites and Absolute Texxas
Texas Infinites and Absolute Texxas
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