In 2005, a student-run Student Organic Farm began on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. A planning course identified the mission statement and guiding principles for "Cornercopia." Thirteen summer interns participated in research and outreach activities associated with the one-acre site. Favorable press helped ensure favorable visibility. The produce from the first growing season was successfully marketed through a variety of channels, including farmers' markets, direct sales to restaurants and cooperative markets.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Agriculture Research and Education (NCR SARE) program, a USDA-CSREES grant, and the Johnson Undergraduate Research Internship Program at the University of Minnesota. A total of 13 interns were hired from a variety of educational backgrounds, each having a specific research project related to the operation and mission of the student organic farm (Table 2).
- Experiential learning
- Farmers market
- Student farm
- Sustainable agriculture