Please take a moment to honor the land upon which we live and the First Nations who have lived with it for more than twelve thousand years. We recognize the sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin, and we acknowledge that we live, farm, and occupy territory unceded by the Ho-Chunk nation, which has and continues to resist displacement and violence at the hands of the state.
We urge all to remember the histories of violence, dispossession, and exploitation of both land and people which has created the place we know as ‘Madison,’ and how these violent histories are inextricably intertwined with racialized and gendered structures of oppression. We are grateful that you join us in radically re-imagining the relationships between land, food, and people; here’s to a just future for all.
Who We Are
The UW Student Organic Farm is a collection of agricultural plots (including F. H. King, Wunk Sheek, and Greenhouse Learning Community) at Eagle Heights Community Gardens. The formalization of these plots into a collective Student Organic Farm is designed to help students communicate their involvements with future employers and secure grant funding for Student Organic Farm-based projects. Another goal for the Student Organic Farm is to provide farm plots to student organizations that are interested in growing plants at Eagle Heights.
Some of the produce from the Greenhouse Community plots of the farm will be used in the new UW Electric Food Truck on campus in order to contribute to UW–Madison’s sustainability and local food system.
The UW Student Organic Farm is a project of the UW Organic Collaborative, a group of faculty, staff, and partners committed to furthering organic agriculture using research, academics, and outreach. The UW Organic Collaborative provides administrative support for all of the student groups involved.
Where We Are
The UW Student Organic Farm is a permitted teaching and research activity in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300-acre natural area situated on the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. It represents about one-third of the total acreage of the main UW-Madison campus. Part of the mission of the Preserve is to serve as a living classroom laboratory for the teaching and research needs of the UW-Madison as well as a place for campus and community members alike to explore nature on the UW-Madison campus. https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/
The UW Student Organic Farm is a “nextdoor” neighbor to the Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG). The Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG) was established in 1962 to offer area residents and UW-Madison the opportunity to enjoy nature, build community, learn about gardening, and feed their families. EHCG is one of the oldest and largest community gardens in the United States. https://eagleheightsgardens.org/gardens/history/
Wunk Sheek is an organization that serves students of indigenous identity and members of the UW-Madison community interested in indigenous issues, culture, and history. WunkSheek began growing culturally-relevant crops at the Student Organic Farm in 2021. They use the crops grown for club-related activities.
F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture
F.H. King: Students for Sustainable Agriculture is a student-run agricultural collective connected to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We strive to connect land, food, and the Madison community, demonstrate alternative agricultural techniques and advocate for sustainability in our community. F.H. King provides all their produce for free to students at their Harvest Handouts events.
Greenhouse Learning Community
GreenHouse helps set students on paths to finding sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges. GreenHouse has grown here since 2013. They use the crops grown to supply Dining and Culinary Services, for community dinners in fall, and are available for residents in the basement food pantry.
Student Organic Farm Address
3016 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI 53705
Closest Bus Route #80 or #84 stop is “Lot E in Eagle Heights”
- Lot 130 (payment required M-F 6 am-4:30pm. Lot closed 10pm-4am)
- Lot 131(Permit Required 7:00AM-3:00PM M-F)
Email us if you’re interested in getting involved: email@example.com
Room 593A Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706