Grow Food with a Purpose and for College Credit

Earn 6 credits this summer learning and working on the PEAS farm at the University of Montana in Missoula.  Students currently enrolled at other colleges are encouraged to apply for this summer opportunity. Students get their hands dirty in every facet of our 10-acre vegetable farm, sowing seeds, transplanting, irrigating, and harvesting for our 100-member CSA.  We also custom grow tens-of-thousands of pounds of produce for the Missoula Food Bank, the WIC program, and a mobile market for seniors.

Beautiful food for people who need it is only part of what we make happen. The farm provides a transformative experience for a small group of teenagers each season, and hosts thousands of school kids on field trips. As a PEAS student, you will be involved in all that the farm does, from plants to people, to helping set-up for our annual celebration of local food in August (last year 1,000 people attended).

The summer PEAS class runs from May 15 to August 30—with the option to start later for students coming from afar. Students get two weeks off during the summer—you pick the weeks you need.  

The weekly schedule is as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday the days run from 8:00 – 12:00, then we eat lunch together, from the food we’ve been growing (we take turns cooking, in pairs).
  • On Fridays, we have a sit-down class and then go on a field trip to a farm in the area.

The PEAS farm experience will root you in the farm, teach you new skills, and enrich your understanding of community.

Out-of-state applicants:

For registration information, follow this link and click on “Summer Semester 2017 Only Admission Status.”

Learn more about PEAS (scroll down to the PEAS farm internship section). 

For any questions about housing, credits, or curriculum, don’t hesitate to contact

Current University of Montana Students

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