The CEC Microfarm is the University of Texas at Austin’s first student-run, on-campus farm. Our mission is:
To serve as a vibrant resource for the UT community by facilitating experiences of sustainable food systems, interdisciplinary collaboration, economic and social justice, and environmental cooperation. We seek to provide an open space for establishing a community that grows together, explores environmental inquiries, and connects to the natural world through food.
We strive to practice only organic and sustainable farming techniques. Our site follows a mixed-use model. About half of our fifth-acre plot is a managed farm area, where decisions are made by the project team and volunteers help with upkeep. The other half is a community garden, with rental plots that are maintained by individual and organization plot owners.
We engage with hundreds of students and various student organizations every year, as well as staff, faculty, and the general Austin community.