The mission of the Clemson University Student Organic Farm is to provide an experiential learning environment demonstrating ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable farming strategies which strengthen local food systems.
To enhance the Sustainable Agriculture Program, the Student Organic Farm (SOF), a fully operational 14-acre demonstration farm located on the Clemson University campus, was established in 2001 as a project under the Sustainable Agriculture Program. The farm was certified organic in 2005 and follows the National Organic Program rules which prohibit the application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The Clemson Student Organic Farm is used as an official university resource for ongoing organic research under the Simpson Research and Education Center. The farm also serves a resource for training and education in sustainable and organic agriculture.
In addition to serving as an experimental research farm, hosting training and other events, the farm produces a wide variety of seasonal vegetables for direct sale and wholesale markets.
The SOF relies heavily on student involvement in all aspects of farm management, production and marketing. It offers research opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students and also provides students of any discipline with hands-on experience in organic and sustainable production systems.
Along with a focus on environmental and social sustainability, farms must be profitable in order to be sustainable. All revenue generated by the sale of farm products goes directly toward salaries of farm staff, student workers, and farm operating expenses.