Organic Farm

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The Dartmouth Organic Farm club is one of the sub-clubs of the DOC. The farm is an educational farm that is student-run with a permanent farm manager, Scott Stokoe. The farm gives students and other visitors to learn about agriculture and food through workdays, workshops, and festivals at the farm.

History

The Dartmouth Organic farm was originally a dairy farm called the Fullington Farm. In 1973, the College bought the land of the Fullington farm.

Fields

The fields at the Organic Farm are on the banks of the Connecticut River, and thought by some to contain the most fertile land in New England. The farm grows about a half acre of vegetables (greens, tomatoes, swiss chard, kale, corn, herbs, squashes, cucumbers, zucchini and more!) each year. Additionally, as of 2014 the farm uses the fields to house its four honeybee hives. They have also been the site for numerous faculty research projects from a variety of departments.

Greenhouses

As of May 2014, there are two greenhouses at the Organic Farm. The first, known as the Hoop House, is used to start vegetable seeds before the risk of frost has passed in the garden. The other, known as the Solar Greenhouse, is a passive solar heated building containing a fascinating closed-loop nitrogen cycling demonstration that involves tilapia, worms and tomatoes.

Recent additions

A perennial Forest Garden is in the process of being installed, with 51 woody plants put in the ground in Spring 2014. There are plans for the Forest Garden to be expanded over the next two years. Honeybees are also a recent installment, as well as a biochar project.

What to do at the farm

How to contact the farm