Questions? Comments? Ideas? We’d love to hear from you.  

Involved in a campus farm on a college or corporate campus and want to share your story with the rest of the network?  Tell us more about your farm or garden and be featured on the Campus Farmers Network website!  The first step is to fill out this form.



    Below you’ll find a list of resources from Whether you’re trying to figure out which tools you need for your garden, or how much you should be watering your plants, we’ve got you covered.

    Inground and Raised Bed Gardening

    One Yard Revolution | Youtube Channel Entertaining and useful raised bed gardening tips and how tos
    Cornell Cooperative Extension | How To Make A Raised Bed Garden
    USDA | Agricultural Zone map
    Garden Tower Project | Last Frost Date Chart
    University of California | Tarp Solarization
    Oregon State University | Harvesting Rainwater For Use in the Garden
    Pennsylvania State University | Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
    The Old Farmers Almanac | Watering Guide
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Growers Library
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Winter Cover Crops
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Tools and Supplies Library
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Garden planning tools.
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Hardiness zones.
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Guide to making compost.
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Guide to controlling pests and disease using IPM
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Weed management basics
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Basic information on soil health
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Guide to Controlled Environment Growing
    High Mowing | Resources Page
    High Mowing | Controlling Japanese beetles
    High Mowing | Fall soil amendments
    High Mowing | Tomato blossom end drop
    ATTRA | Publications
    International Seed Saving Institute | Comprehensive guide to saving seeds
    Book | The New Organic Grower: Eliot Coleman
    Book | The Market Gardener: Jean Martin Fortier
    Book | Four Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Elliot Coleman
    Book | Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work Reissue Edition by Mel Bartholomew
    Book | Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza

    Container Gardening

    Garden Know How | How Much and How Often to Water Outdoor Plants
    USDA | USDA Agricultural Zone map
    Garden Tower Project | Last Frost Date Chart
    Seed Savers Exchange | Organic Container Gardening Guide
    High Mowing | Growing Organic Microgreens
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Controlling pests and disease using IPM
    Mother Earth News | Guide to Organic Container Gardening
    Book | The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible by Edward C. Smith

    Hydroponics and Aquaponics

    USDA | Full resource page on Aquaponics
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Introduction to hydroponics
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Guide to hydroponic seed starting
    Johnny’s Selected Seeds | Guide to pests and diseases in greenhouses/hydroponics operations
    Book | DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water by Tyler Baras
    Book | Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein


    Think of the Google Drive as a shared online library: you can upload documents you’ve created and peruse documents uploaded by other campus farmers or gardeners. If you have a great hoop house design or annual report, other students will benefit from your expertise. If your campus farm or garden is just an idea in your head, this Google Drive is a treasure trove of valuable resources tested and approved by fellow students. It is organized into subject folders so you have an easier time finding what you’re looking for!

    Our How-To guide contains all the information you need about accessing and uploading to the Google Drive.

    Navigate to the Google Drive here: Campus Farmers Google Drive

    Business Plans and Proposals

    Every farmer needs a plan and good records. Share your business plans and proposals for land, department sponsorship, and administrative support here. Don’t forget to document your ideas and practices. Whether you run a commercial business or a community plot, share reports so that other farmers can learn from your hard work.

    Physical Layout and Structural Design

    What should your growing space look like? Do you want raised beds or in-ground rows, and how many? How do you build fences and hoop houses on a budget? Where will people hang out after a hard day’s work? Use this folder to share site designs (or check out others for inspiration!)

    Preparing, Planting and Pest Control

    Seeds, compost, and soil, oh my! Share your advice and plans for crop rotations, amending soil, and healthy compost recipes. Have a trusted seed company or effective strategy for managing pesky potato beetles? We welcome your home-grown wisdom here.

    Budgets and Grant Proposals

    How much does it cost to start an on-campus farm compared to a small garden plot? What basic equipment, tools, and materials will you need? How do you explain your farm goals to funders? These sample budgets and proposals will help you make sense of big questions about money.

    Food Safety Plans

    What should you consider when it comes to on-farm food safety? How do campus farms institute practices and guidelines to ensure safe harvesting and handling practices? These sample food safety plans and templates will help to dive in and help you develop or adapt your own program.

    Marketing and Events

    Looking for enthusiastic volunteers? Trying to increase campus awareness about your farm? This section has sample marketing pieces, event flyers, and ideas from other CF members.

    Classroom Connections

    Have you written a sociology paper on food communities, an environmental science report on organic herbicides, or a policy brief about food deserts? Share academic papers, projects, and more here to show that food is every student’s issue.


    If it doesn’t fit into any of the above, you can find it here. If you have suggestions about new categories we should include on this page, please give us feedback through the Contact Us page.