UM's Environmental Studies Program works closely with two Missoula non-profits, The Missoula Food Bank and Garden City Harvest, and operates a 10-acre farm two miles from campus. The farm is known locally as the PEAS Farm, "PEAS" refers to the Environmental Studies department's Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society, which has combined traditional academics with hands-on work at an urban, organic farm, which produces tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables each season for low-income Missoulians.
Students can work for credit on the farm, but their work earns them much more than credit hours. Students are involved in all phases of the farm, from greenhouse work in February to selling pumpkins in October. Most students report that the summer season at the Rattlesnake Farm is the most enriching experience they have ever had.