The UCCS Farmhouse is comprised of the UCCS Farm and Greenhouse with the adjacent farmhouse. The farmhouse is the center of a seed-to-plate operation, be it for Food Next Door, campus event planning that focus on health and sustainability through local food, and our mobile food literacy vehicle, called the Flying Carrot. UCCS Farmhouse is also the place of food and farm based courses and allows for experiential learning in both gardening and cooking. The UCCS Farmhouse is a hub for local food literacy funded by the Green Action Fund. Students visiting the farmhouse are introduced to topics such as local food systems, our UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services transition and the history of the UCCS Greenhouse. The farmhouse also teaches about climate change and food, slow food, traditional food systems, the history of cooking, and where to get local food using digital (Local Food App) and direct farm-to-consumer venues such as farmers markets.
Farmhouse Fridays occur periodically throughout the semester and serve the purpose of a workshop. On designated Farmhouse Fridays, we work together on food-related issues and the workshop begins with a communal meal. Farmhouse Fridays are scheduled by semester and focus areas.