Origin of Cornercopia, the University of Minnesota Student Organic Farm

Jared Ashling, Courtney Tchida, Albert Markhart, Paul Porter

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In 2005, a student-run Student Organic Farm began on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. A planning course identified the mission statement and guiding principles for "Cornercopia." Thirteen summer interns participated in research and outreach activities associated with the one-acre site. Favorable press helped ensure favorable visibility. The produce from the first growing season was successfully marketed through a variety of channels, including farmers' markets, direct sales to restaurants and cooperative markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Agriculture Research and Education (NCR SARE) program, a USDA-CSREES grant, and the Johnson Undergraduate Research Internship Program at the University of Minnesota. A total of 13 interns were hired from a variety of educational backgrounds, each having a specific research project related to the operation and mission of the student organic farm (Table 2).


  • Cornercopia
  • Experiential learning
  • Farmers market
  • Organic
  • Student farm
  • Sustainable agriculture


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