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:
- To promote excellence in education and research across the University curriculum,
- To educate Butler University and the Indianapolis community about sustainable agriculture and the local food system, and
- To serve as an example of sustainable urban agriculture through the exploration of local food production.
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.
Sales and Products
The Farm currently grows and sells a variety of seasonal produce using organic practices direct to campus dining. The Farm also hosts an annual flower and vegetable plant start sale in April.
The Farm is located across the canal on the west side of campus, next to the tennis courts and the Butler Prairie.
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.