Support the farm
Help us raise funds for equipment and travel expenses that support student learning on the farm. Equipment needs include, but are not limited to garden gloves, orchard pruners, cooking equipment for our outdoor demonstration kitchen and a new garden cart to reduce carbon emissions during harvest. Your gift may also help defray the cost of the annual overnight field trip to Big Sandy, Montana where students meet with leaders in organic and regenerative agriculture, or your gift can help send a student to a conference on regenerative food and agriculture.
About the farm
The PEAS Farm is a student and community farm developed by the Environmental Studies Program and Garden City Harvest for students passionate about sustainable, regenerative agriculture. On the PEAS Farm’s ten acres of diversified and regenerative production, students gain practical knowledge growing vegetables, tending orchard trees, raising fruits and berries, saving seeds, and supporting Missoula’s local food system.
For students interested in building a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system, the PEAS Farm offers real-world skills in doing just that, pairing hands-on experiences with the Environmental Studies Program's classroom learning in agroecology, food systems, and community agriculture.
Students at the PEAS Farm grow 60,000 pounds of produce annually for the Missoula Food Bank, as well as for a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), the Five Valleys Seed Library, and a mobile farmers market for low-income seniors.
The PEAS Farm offers three semester-based internships and serves over 60 students from diverse majors each year through our internship programs.
Support the PEAS Farm student experience by making a donation of any amount. Donations will go to support student tools, equipment, and experiential learning.
Hear from our students
"My time on the PEAS Farm was an unforgettable experience that helped grow my knowledge as the plants we grew. The experience showed me amazing connections between food and people, while reconnecting me with my past, building personal discovery, and giving me lifelong friends. Honestly, was the best part of my college experience." - Logan Sanders, Environmental Studies undergraduate, 2022
“Working at the PEAS farm exposed me to the complexities of the food system that can't fit into a textbook. Not only that, but the PEAS farm also showcases the benefits of local agriculture at its best through a focus on community, education, and giving back. I was grateful to get to work on the farm prior to launching a career in sustainable agriculture. Though the course is accessible to people of any background, there is room and enthusiasm for a deeper analysis of the educational content provided. The people who work at the farm are warm and inviting, with a clear passion for the work that they do for student and the community at large. I absolutely recommend this experience to anyone with a budding interest in local food systems or applied ecology generally.” - Melody Hollar, BS Ecosystem Science and Restoration, 2021
“PEAS Farm ended up BEING my college experience. It integrated so well with my curriculum of Environmental Studies classes pertaining to food systems, nature and the environment. It just made sense to be heading to the farm twice a week when learning about Ecology, and then taking a deeper dive with Agroecology. I couldn’t imagine a better way to have spent my last two years at University of Montana then up at PEAS Farm day after day planting, weeding, sweating, laughing, playing and really connecting with people. For me, nothing compares to the feeling of being up there, with your hands in the dirt, working with people to grow food. After my first semester at PEAS farm I knew I wanted to be a farmer. I immediately switched majors and began to pour all my time into learning more about agriculture. PEAS Farm has allowed me to grow as a person in respects to finding what I’m truly passionate about.” - Dylan Brady, BA Environmental Studies, 2020