Homefield Farm

Students working at Homefield Farm

Homefield Farm is a partnership between Dining Services and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The six-acre educational farm grows fruits, vegetables and herbs for Virginia Tech Dining Services, and serves as a site of experiential student learning, interdisciplinary research, and community outreach.

Check out the Homefield Farm Stand outside of Turner Place every Tuesday from 2:30-5:30 pm. We accept dining plans, Hokie Passport, cash, and credit/debit cards.

What’s growing right now?

We’re excited for another fall season at Homefield Farm! We’re saying goodbye to the last of the summer crops and welcoming the shorter and cooler days with carrots, power greens, fingerling potatoes, peppers, and beets. We're also growing gourds, pie pumpkins, and giant pumpkins for seasonal décor and baking.

Meet Your Farmers!

Alex Hessler, Farm Director

Alex holds a M.S. in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Kentucky, and teaches the courses Sustainable Agriculture Practicum and Home Gardening in the Department of Horticulture. Alex has a passion for soil health, small farm mechanization, and getting students excited about growing and eating fresh, local vegetables.

You can help support the mission of Homefield Farm! Donate directly to the farm today through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Students farming

Want to get involved?

Classes: The Sustainable Agriculture Practicum (HORT 2834) is taught in the fall and spring and provides hands-on experience managing a small scale sustainable farm. Enrollment is open to all majors and has no pre-requisites.

Volunteer Opportunities: Service opportunities for student groups and organizations are sometime available. Please contact hessler@vt.edu for more information.

Summer Farm Work: Dining Services hires several student employees to work at the farm each summer. Applications are accepted in the spring. Please contact hessler@vt.edu for more information.

Annual Reports

You can learn more about Homefield Farm and its impact and mission through our annual reports, located below:

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Students working at Homefield Farm

Homefield Farm is a collaborative partnership between Student Affairs Dining Services, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.