Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Loyola Student Farm

Student Visions in Practice

The Loyola Student Farm was started by five student interns in May 2011 at the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC).  The farm offered students a unique opportunity to study sustainable agriculture in the classroom and go directly outdoors to put the theory into practice.  The skill set required to run an environmentally sustainable farm is diverse as it gives students experience in agriculture, biology, ecology, soil science, marketing and advertising.  Highlights of the farm:

  • Grow more than 35 different vegetable crops, 6 different orchard crops, blackberries, raspberries, shiitake mushrooms, and eggs
  • Started a 15-20 member CSA in 2012 and joined the Loyola Farmers Market as a vendor in 2012

Each summer internships (Farm Internship Flyer) are offered to students where they can learn about sustainable agriculture and assist in managing and expanding the farm.