Homefield Farm is a partnership between Dining Services and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the only certified organic operation owned by a university in Virginia. The six-acre, student-run farm is located eight miles west of the Blacksburg campus and provides about 50,000 pounds of fresh produce to dining centers and Homefield’s farm stand on campus. The farm, along with a high tunnel at Virginia Tech’s Urban Horticulture Center, raises thirty varieties of vegetables, plus culinary herbs, flowers, and decorative pumpkins and gourds.
Homefield Farm also provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between students and Dining Services’ culinary staff to provide ingredients for popular dishes and events. For example, Homefield’s ingredients can be found at Farms, a sustainable dining venue in the Owens Food Court, Turner Place’s tomato bisque soup and pizza sauce, or the hot peppers used for the annual Chili Challenge at D2 in Dietrick Hall.
Meet Your Farmer
Adrienne Keith, Assistant Farm Manager
Adrienne combines experience from roles in local market farming operations, Virginia Tech Grounds and Landscaping, and the largest fully integrated high tech greenhouse vegetable producer in North America. Her Bachelor of Science in Media Studies from Radford University supports her sense of vision and harmony in the design of local food systems. Adrienne takes joy in providing quality organic produce for students while contributing to and growing in Homefield’s hands-on learning environment.
Help support the mission of Homefield Farm by donating directly to the farm today through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
What is the Farm Stand?
The on-campus farm stand is an initiative of Homefield Farm and a collaboration between Dining Services, the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students enrolled in the Farm Market Field Study course take shifts managing the stand, which sells a variety of seasonal vegetables grown at the farm.
Fall 2021 Farm Stand Dates
The Farm Stand is located on the plaza outside of Turner Place at Lavery Hall from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM on the dates listed below.
- September 21st
Want to get involved?
Classes: Check back for educational opportunities provided through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences!
Summer Farm Work: Dining Services hires several student employees to work at Homefield Farm each summer. Applications are accepted in the spring.