Plants, Soils & Climate Department Clubs
This club provides a means for students to meet together, build relationships, perform service, learn skills, and participate in worthwhile projects. Fund raising projects include the production and sale of plants and flowers along with opportunities to participate in learning activities. The funds received from these projects are used to finance student competitions and trips in areas of interest throughout the western United States. Club meetings are scheduled and announced each month during the school year. Student membership is open to all students interested in plant or soil science.
The USU Student Organic Farm provides “hands-on” opportunities for students to learn best practices in organic farming and gardening while making new friends in the process. The day to day running of the farm is student managed with the oversight and support of a faculty mentor. The club provides many opportunities to get involved through volunteer opportunities, internships and management positions. Students who progress to the farm manager roles are responsible for running a small market garden business from the ground up, a unique opportunity that is rare on campus and can open doors to many career opportunities. The club sells produce on campus during the summer and fall months and through the sale of 55 weekly vegetable shares to the campus community. Excess produce is donated to student volunteers and the USU SNAC pantry. Proceeds support the farm in terms of operating expenses, equipment purchases, and modest student stipends. Other activities include organizing the annual fall pumpkin festival. The USU Student Farm was officially certified organic by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in August 2011, representing the payoff of several years of hard work and careful record keeping. The club is open to all students with an interest in organic gardening and farming. The club is currently raising funds for a brand new building containing a produce pickup and meeting space, toolshed, walk in cooler and toilets!