The 20 Best University Farms

The 20 Best University Farms

Many U.S. universities have research farms – it’s an important component to their agriculture colleges, in fact. Recently, the Best College Reviews website made an honest attempt to objectively rank these university farms.

Best College Reviews surveyed more than 50 colleges to determine the results. Ranking criteria included the following:

  • Farm Size
  • Integration with the Main Campus
  • Sustainability
  • Are courses taught at the farm?
  • Do students use the farm?
  • Integration with the community

The resulting “best of” list showcases the diversity and innovation on U.S. university farms. Here are the top 20. For a more detailed description of each one, visit

20. University of New Hampshire [livestock, mixed crops]

19. Cal State Chico [livestock, mixed crops, flowers]

18. Berry College (Ga.) [livestock, herbs, mixed crops]

17. Berea College (Ky.) [mixed crops, livestock, microlivestock]

16. Duke University [mixed crops]

15. Yale University [mixed crops, poultry]

14. Central Carolina Community College [mixed crops]

13. Western Washington University [mixed crops]

12. University of California at Davis [mixed crops]

11. Evergreen State College (Wash.) [mixed crops, sheep, poultry]

10. California Polytechnic State University [mixed crops]

9. Clemson University [fruits, mixed crops, flowers]

8. Michigan State University [mixed crops, fruits, herbs, livestock]

7. UC Santa Cruz [mixed crops, fruit]

6. College of the Atlantic (Maine) [mixed crops, livestock]

5. Butte College (Calif.) [wine, livestock, mixed crops]

4. Hampshire College (Mass.) [livestock, honey, syrup, dairy, hay]

3. Deep Springs College (Calif.) [mixed crops, fruits, livestock]

2. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) [mixed crops, fruits, livestock]

1. Warren Wilson College (N.C.) [mixed crops, livestock]

Most people outside of North Carolina have probably never heard of this small liberal arts college. What makes it’s farm No. 1?

For starters, students have a mandatory Work Program that helps them earn $3,480 toward the cost of tuition each academic year. Many opt to work on the school’s farm – a mixed-crop and livestock operation that is managed as a working farm.

The 275-acre farm also includes beehives and an heirloom orchard. A CSA and farmer’s market further connect the college to the local community.

Did you go to one of these colleges? Do you agree (or disagree) with the list? Continue the conversation on the AgWeb discussion boards.

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Spell Check

Becky Flora
Rocky Mount, VA
2/9/2015 09:49 PM

  This is one list that never should have been published. One of the worst reviews ever made. Nothing fair nor accurate in any way. The truly great agriculture schools were left off the list entirely!! This article should have been published in April - an April fools joke!

Houston, TX
12/13/2015 12:32 PM

  Thanks so much for another beautiful, inspiring piece! I miss your more frequent posts, but am delighted that you still share what you can, peace.

Reedsville, WI
2/13/2015 05:22 PM

  University of Wisconsin as great as the dairy industry in Wisconsin No.1 I have worked w/ the univ. Since my FFA days which makes it close to a50 yr. learning and teaching experience. There are so many great ag. Colleges that I would not absolutely say UW is no.1 but for sure top 5 The list is a insult to these fine schools!


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