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What We Do

rows of plants in UMD research lab

Educate

We are a university run demonstration and educational farm, and an experimental outdoor classroom where UMD students are able to explore issues related to food systems, food justice, sustainability, soil, ecology, GIS, and water quality with their hands and feet at our Riley Road field site.

We offer a variety of internships for UMD students each summer, programming for school and youth groups and community members, as well as hands on educational opportunities for UMD academic courses. Our interns help operate the farm as well as complete independent projects related to food justice and community outreach, GIS, sustainable agricultural techniques, apiculture and pollinators, and more.

If your group is interested in programming at the Land Lab, please contact Dr. Teresa Bertossi at tbertoss@d.umn.edu.

Sustain

At our Riley Road field site, students grow and harvest thousands of pounds of produce for UMD Dining Services and our campus CSA customers. These students read and learn about the principles of agroecology and permaculture and are able to put that knowledge into practice growing a diverse range of vegetables and fruits. Students utilize cover crops and green manures, intercropping and companion planting, integrated pest management, and biodiversity enhancing projects to produce organically and sustainably grown food while building and enriching our soil and protecting the quality of our water.

The western Lake Superior region faces many social and ecological challenges related to food insecurity, climate resilience, invasive species, and species endangerment. At the Land Lab we facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations between undergraduate students to promote solutions based research projects around the social, environmental, and economic challenges facing our region.

Grow

UMD faculty member Chongwon Park eating heirloom tomatoesDining Services
UMD Dining Services is a pivotal partner for the Land Lab, both providing financial support for our student interns throughout the season and purchasing student grown produce. Our vegetables can be found seasonally in Superior Dining, the Food Court, and in UMD Catering orders.

CSA
For the first time, the Land Lab will be offering a CSA during the 2020 season for UMD faculty, staff, and students.

How it works:
Individuals and families can buy a subscription known as a "share" at the beginning of the summer and each week we will fill a box of seasonal, locally, and sustainably grown vegetables, grown by our students, for you to enjoy. The program will begin in mid June and continue through October.

To purchase a CSA subscription, print a form below and return to the Geography and Philosophy department office in 324 Cina Hall. 

Faculty CSA order form

Student CSA order form

Food Systems Incubator
The Land Lab conducts research that supports the small farm economy in the Western Lake Superior Region, promotes experiential education around food systems and food justice, supports populations of native pollinating insects important to food production, and works to expand access to fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate food for all community members. We facilitate multi-disciplinary, collaborations between undergraduate students of a variety of educational backgrounds to promote solutions based research on the social, environmental, and economic challenges facing our region related to food systems.