About the Farm

 

 

The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre, working farm that provides sustainably grown produce and food systems education for Duke and its surrounding communities. In collaboration with our undergraduate and graduate student farm crew, academic courses and research, we grow and harvest for Duke’s food purveyors, local restaurants, and our Community Supported Agriculture program. More important than the thousands of pounds of food we grow, however, are the opportunities the farm provides for engaging and reimagining the ways we cultivate, access, value, and think about food.

We run year-round curricular and co-curricular programming, open community workdays, and workshops, both on campus and at our farm in the Duke Forest, while delivering produce weekly to the Duke’s dining halls and eateries.

Our mission is to cultivate positive change in the food change and we welcome you to the farm.

History of the Farm

Our farm is the work of many hands. Following a feasibility study spearheaded by Duke undergraduates and Professor Charlotte Clark in the Spring 2010, the farm broke ground in its current location in the Duke Forest in November that same year with the support of Sustainable Duke and Office of the Executive Vice President.

In its first few years, DCF focused on selling produce to Duke Dining, creating a CSA program in the summer seasons, and hosting hands-on educational workshops in addition to hosting various academic classes for tours and visits.

A major leadership transition and strategic planning exercise in spring 2014 brought the farm into a new era. Saskia Cornes, having wrapped up a Phd in Literature at Columbia University and an agroecology certificate at UC Santa Cruz, arrived at DCF and immediately began to build robust academic connections and collaborations to ensure the farm was not only producing high-quality produce, but that it aligned firmly with the University’s core mission: to educate students.

The farm now operates with three full-time staff, 12 student crew members, and hundreds of volunteers.