The University Farm engages with our community and alumni through several initiatives.
Composting at the University Farm provides a method of converting urban landscape waste into a product that is useful for both agriculture and urban uses. Adding urban landscape waste to animal manure allows waste streams from separate environments to produce useable compost.
Research in waste management strategies benefits not only the school but also the community. The University Farm composts virtually all manure produced on the farm to reduce odor and environmental impact of livestock waste. Illinois State has developed partnerships with commercial enterprises to make the compost available to the public for use in lawns, gardens, and flower beds.
The University Farm sells compost to the surrounding communities for $25 per ton. Visit the farm anytime 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, to pick up a load. Contact our Farm Manager with questions.
University Farm tours are also available to all those interested. Contact the Farm Manager to schedule.
The University Farm supports corporate educational initiatives. State Farm Insurance has used the farm to educate employees to conduct safety audits on farms. Crop protection companies such as Pioneer/DuPont and Mycogen/Dow use plots at the farm to educate employees about new products and weed identification. Several companies cooperate with the University Farm to demonstrate seed varieties and host field days for employees and customers.
We look forward to showing off the University Farm to alumni. Please contact the Farm Manager for a tour if you are in the area.
Alumni partnerships are important to the future of the farm. Continuous needs for maintaining and upgrading the farm will be a never-ending cycle. Alumni or others interested in naming opportunities should contact Dr. Robert Rhykerd for further information.