Farm History

Farm History

Farm History Gallery

Since 2013, a significant portion of land measuring three-quarters of an acre, situated on the exposed windswept bluff at the eastern periphery of the campus, underwent a remarkable transformation into a functional farm. Spanning 3000 square feet, comprising both greenhouse and outdoor space, the UCCS Farm boasts year-round productivity.

From 2015 to 2019, the Food Next Door initiative, spearheaded by Health Science graduate students, took charge of preparing seasonal dishes using the farm's produce. These culinary endeavors were instrumental in educating the UCCS community about the significance of nutrition and the principles of farm-to-table eating. Notably, in 2016, Food Next Door earned national recognition, securing the third position in its category. Such initiatives, including Food Next Door, played a pivotal role in UCCS's acknowledgment as a Green Ribbon School in 2016.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic from 2019 to 2023, the farm persevered in its mission to supply campus with fresh produce. Surplus harvests were distributed to members of the campus community facing food insecurity.

In the fall of 2023, the farm introduced new programming such as Farmhouse Fridays, where graduate students took charge of preparing and serving meals to the campus community. Additionally, the wellness center organized weekly activities, further enhancing the community engagement.

At present, the farm and its farmhouse have fully resumed operations, supplying over 1,000 pounds of fresh food annually to the campus community. Through dedicated efforts in soil regeneration, the farm has undergone a remarkable transition from barren sand to a flourishing landscape nurturing hundreds of annual and perennial plants for various purposes, including food, medicinal, and educational uses. As a result, an increasing number of classes are incorporating the farm into their curriculum, facilitating hands-on learning experiences for students.