Opportunities - Get Involved!

Farm Lab

For students interested in learning basic sustainable vegetable production skills sign up for IES 278L - Understanding Food Systems taken in conjunction with IES 278 - Introduction to Food Systems. This course introduces students to food from an interdisciplinary perspective building on the concepts underlying food systems and food studies. The course includes a lab component on the Institute for Food Farm.

Farm Internships

Students who have completed IES 278L - Understanding Food Systems or who have permission from the Food Systems and Food Studies co-major advisor are eligible to sign up for IES 340 - Internship on the farm where they can begin to gain more experience in the practices and business of sustainable farming. For more information please contact Peggy Shaffer (shaffems@MiamiOH.edu).

Farm Volunteer Fridays

The farm welcomes new and experienced farm volunteers age 13 and above every Friday between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you want to learn some basic farming skills or just get your hands in the soil, we welcome you. We are practicing social distancing and spreading volunteers across our 5 acres in production.

All you need to do is text Stephanie Beckner at 513-615-3298. Bring a mask or we will supply one.

Should you wish to arrange a volunteer activity on a different day or, if you are a faculty member or student group representative looking for additional ways to get involved, please contact:


Volunteer Guidelines

All volunteers will be given a brief farm and food safety orientation before staring work. You will be doing basic farming tasks—planting, caring for, harvesting, processing, and packing produce. We ask that volunteers commit to working a minimum of 2 hours.

Volunteers should make sure they follow basic work hygiene practices:

  • Wear clean clothes.
  • Do not wear large jewelry including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
  • Tie back hair.

Please be sure to bring a sun hat, water, a snack, and sunscreen.

All volunteers working on the Institute for Food farm must adhere to the following food safety practices:

  • Wash your hands before beginning work, returning to work, and after using the restroom.
  • There is no smoking on the farm.
  • Eating is only allowed in designated areas away from washing, packing, and storage areas.
  • A first aid kit is available in the storage shed on the farm. Please stop working and take care of any cut, abrasion, or injury incurred while working on the farm immediately and report it to the farm supervisor for proper treatment.
  • If you are sick or show symptoms of sickness (fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, infected cuts), you will be asked not to volunteer that day.