Farm Shares

The Fall Session will not be available this year as the farm is moving sites.

If you are interested in eating healthy vegetables grown right on campus AND want to support the education of new farmers, this program is for you!

Here is how it works:

  1. Register by sending and email to ctadair@purdue.edu stating you would like to receive a box and whether you are a student
  2. Mail in a check for $250 ($200 if a student) per share to:
    • Purdue Student Farm
      625 Agriculture Mall Drive
      West Lafayette, IN 47907
  3. Pick-up: On farm every Friday from Noon until 6 pm
    • 1601 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907
      (Through the red gate behind the brick building)

There will be two Farm Share Sessions: Currently you can only sign-up for the summer session

  • Summer Session: May 30th- August 15th  (12 weeks)
  • Fall Session: There will be no Fall Session as we are moving sites

Select the items you want in your Farm Share bag each week on farm when you pick up your box. Pick whatever vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers you prefer, as they are seasonally available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What food do you grow at the Student Farm?

We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. Items available for Farm Share members to purchase will depend on what is seasonally available. In early summer we’ll have lots of salad mixes, cooking greens, broccoli, radishes, basil, beets, and carrots. Moving in to full summer, we will have colorful tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, and beans. Fall brings the availability of greens once again along with storage crops like potatoes, winter squash, and onions.

Note that unexpected plant disease + weather issues may affect the availability of certain crops from year to year.

How much food do we get per week?

That depends on you! Members have a full twelve weeks to spend down their produce credit. $250 divided evenly among the twelve weeks, breaks down to roughly $22 per week. Having a dinner party and need more than $22 in produce? No problem. Spend as much of the credit as you want per weekly purchase. Going out of town for a holiday? No problem. Skip ordering that week and you still have the remainder of the session to spend down the remaining value of your share.

Keep in mind that members MUST use all of their produce credit by the end of the 12 week session. Produce credit will not roll over.

Can I pay every week instead of all at once?

Unfortunately, this option is not available for Farm Shares. We will have a market at the same time as the Farm Share pick-up(Noon-6) on farm where you are welcome to come and shop each week. Cash, credit, and checks are all accepted.

Is your food organic?

We are in the middle of completing our application for organic inspection but are not yet certified. All of our growing practices do follow the rules outlined in the USDA National Organic Program, however.

Toward this end, we take a holistic, agro-ecosystem approach to producing food, focusing on plant diversity, building healthy soil, and providing plenty of water and sun.

Our soil amendments include manure from the Purdue Animal Science Farm, compost from Soil Makers, and microbial amendments from Advancing Eco Agriculture.

Beyond this foundation in prevention, pest controls include physical barriers like row cover, clay, liquid soap, or diatomaceous earth. We also use a limited number of natural, biologically based sprays that introduce beneficial microorganisms like nematodes or s. spinosa to compete with insect populations that are out of balance.

For weed control we use plastic mulch, paper mulch, straw mulch, hoes, hands, and tillage!

What if I miss my pick up time?

Members who miss their on campus pick up time have seven days to retrieve their produce box from our walk-in farm cooler. Keep in mind that for maximum produce freshness, shares should be picked up as soon as possible. Shares left in the cooler past seven days will be donated or composted.

Purdue Extension, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-8491

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