Loyola University Chicago

Retreat & Ecology Campus



About the Loyola Farm

Welcome to the Loyola Farm at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus in beautiful Woodstock, Illinois! Here you will find updates on gardening classes, our plant sale, the re-opening of our farm stand and other exciting happenings. Please check back frequently for new updates and important information.

The Loyola Farm has been operating for five years and has experienced much growth over last couple of years. With the addition of a new Farm Operations Manager, Emily Zack, and the assistance of a few dedicated student employees, the Loyola Farm is in full throttle toward becoming a sustainable food operation. This year, the farm employees worked extremely hard to get as much fresh, organic produce into the LUREC kitchen as possible. The produce is picked, processed and fed to our guests almost immediately, feeding at least one meal to nearly 5,000 people since March. The total amount of produce harvested at the campus for 2014 is 9,365 pounds of fruit and vegetables, a new record!

Sustainable Food Operation

The Loyola farm strives to be a sustainable food operation and works in conjunction with the LUREC kitchen to ensure maximum productivity. Some key factors in having a sustainable food operation include preserving for winter, composting, eating seasonally, and year-round production. The LUREC greenhouse contains winter lettuce, arugula, beets, radishes and spinach while the hoop house has cold weather veggies planted: carrots, parsnips and leeks. Our goal is to continue to increase efficiencies and be near a 100% sustainable food operation.

Meet Emily Zack, LUREC Farm Operations Manager

Emily Zack was hired as the LUREC Farm Operations Manager in March of 2014 and has already set some new records on the amount of produce harvested in a single year. With over 10 years of professional experience as a gardener and vegetable grower, Emily has been working in a home garden her entire life. Her recent work experience includes working on a Woodstock farm that had a community supported agriculture program and sold at the farmers market to growing vegetables for Duke’s Alehouse in Crystal Lake then running the non-profit Smart Farm out of Barrington. At Smart Farm Emily taught classes and led volunteers to send 100% of the produce grown to area food pantries. Emily is excited to be working at Loyola University Chicago and looks forward to creating a sustainable food operation at the Retreat and Ecology Campus, a dream come true for her.

Events & Classes

View all of our upcoming farm workshops, gardening classes, and farm events on our Farm Workshops & Events Page.

Contact Info

If you have any questions, would like to get a tour of the grounds, or are interested in volunteer opportunities please contact Emily Zack at ezack@luc.edu or 815.338.1032.