Furman Farm: Lettuce Turnip the Beet

The Furman University Farm is a ¼ acre organic practice farm with a comprehensive composting program.  The farm is largely student run under the supervision of Bruce Adams, Furman Farm’s Manager. The farm sits on land that was formerly a series of tennis courts on campus; significant attention to soil quality, a French drain system, and endless hours of manual labor have transformed this area into a highly productive demonstration farm.

The farm grows 35 different fruits and vegetables and sells its produce to the Furman Dining Hall. It has also supported a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the past, in which students, employees, and community members can purchase a share of the farm.

The composting program handles all of the pre- and post-consumer waste from the dining hall and also processes much of the university’s landscaping waste.  The program uses large-scale pile composting, in-vessel anaerobic composting, and small scale demonstration composting.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Furman Farm, please contact Mary Frances Shelato at maryfrances.shelato@furman.edu

  • 52
    tons of food waste composted
  • 35
    different varieties of fruits and vegetables grown
  • 1/4
    acres of farmed land on Furman Farm

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Summary of the Furman Farm

For more information about the Furman Farm, contact Mary Frances Shelato at the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.