The Environmental Studies Department manages an on-campus community garden, a regenerative gardening resource that provides food for the Knights Pantry, Dare to Care Food Bank, and the St. Agnes Food Pantry, in the main garden plot through the Environmental Studies Department while providing space and place for members of the Bellarmine community to grow their own food in raised beds. We also work with our community partner the Passionist’s Earth and Spirit Center to continue providing food during the winter months.  

Our outdoor classroom is available for class-based outdoor gathering, and our plots are available for experimental gardening, exploration of nutrition, and other class activities in an outdoor learning environment. We also maintain two pollinator gardens and an apple and pear orchard, where the Bellarmine Beekeeping Club maintains our campus beehives.  

How you can get involved

The good news is there are a few ways you can get involved on the farm.  

Farm Team: If you would like to be hands on and very involved on a weekly basis, we have an option to join the Farm Team! We meet weekly, weather permitting.  

Farm Friends: If you would like a lighter commitment, you can join us as a farm friend! Farm friends come as their schedule allows, usually once a month on our big workdays. 

Your own Garden Plot: You can create and maintain your own garden plot(s) for free! At this time, BU Farm can provide you a space, but we are unable to provide additional support in care or maintenance.  

If you are interested in either of these options, please fill out this form to get on our list:

Farm Team

  • Dr. Michele Abee, Farm Manager (main point of contact,
  • Dr. Martha Carlson Mazur, Faculty Farm Steward
  • Dr. Kate Bulinski, Faculty Biodiversity and Beekeeping Steward
  • Dr. Chelsey Franz, Faculty Farm Steward
  • Kaylie Malloy, Student Farm Steward focused on Bellarmine community outreach
  • Haley Thayer, Student Farm Steward focused on Environmental Studies Department outreach
  • Meghan Kontic, Student Farm Steward focused on farm productivity