UW Botanic Gardens hosts one of three sites farmed by the UW Farm, a program of the University of Washington. The 1.5 acre site at the Center for Urban Horticulture is located adjacent to Union Bay Natural Area and is the largest of the three farms located on campus. The land is shared with Seattle Youth Garden Works, who have also been farming there for a number of years.
Food produced at the UW Farm is provided to campus cafeterias such as Cultivate, a full service restaurant in Elm Hall. The farm also offers a CSA to the community.
The UW Farm started farming at the Center for Urban Horticulture in 2011 when they received a grant from the UW Campus Sustainability Fund to build the farm. UW Botanic Gardens, in partnership with Housing and Food Services, College of the Environment, and School of Public Health, hired a farm manager in June 2013 to oversee farm operations at all three campus sites.