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Aerial View of the Farm

The Farm at Butler

The Farm at Butler is a one-acre sustainable agriculture project on the campus of Butler University and managed by the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES). The farm's three-pronged mission is:

  1. To promote excellence in education and research across the University curriculum,
  2. To educate Butler University and the Indianapolis community about sustainable agriculture and the local food system, and
  3. To serve as an example of sustainable urban agriculture through the exploration of local food production and sales

Student members of Earth Charter Butler and the CUES 'broke ground' on the farm in 2010. The farm has expanded over the years, with generous support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and Butler University. Tim Dorsey joined The Farm at Butler in 2011 as farm manager.

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Sales and Products

The Farm grows and sells a variety of seasonal produce using organic practices direct to the community through a weekly on-site farm stand, Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and restaurant and grocer sales. 

Location

The Farm is located across the canal on the west side of campus, next to the tennis courts and the Butler Prairie.

Student Opportunities

The Farm has both paid and for-credit internship opportunities for Butler students. Academic year internships are for-credit only and are available to all students regardless of major. Paid positions are only offered in the summer. 

Curricular Ties

The Farm serves as a resource for place-based experiential learning by leading a physical well-being course, serving as a study site for course topics, and hosting individual student projects.