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Dartmouth Organic Farm

The Dartmouth Organic Farm is a hub for hands on learning at Dartmouth. It is home to an educational working garden, sites for faculty research, student research and independent projects, classes, a stunning landscape that serves as a backdrop for social events of all kinds and an ecosystem that engages students in learning about sustainable food and energy systems. 

Climate change is the great challenge of our time and part of facing this challenge will be identifying and responding to the needs of a society while recognizing the limits of the natural world. The Dartmouth Organic Farm provides a living laboratory to understand these challenges in context.

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Our Landscape

The Organic Farm landscape is a two hundred and twenty acre patchwork of unique and valuable ecosystems, each providing opportunities for exploration, learning and research. From the organic garden to permaculture, aquaponics to forests, honeybee hives to the maple sugar bush, there are opportunities for every interest. The site hosts projects that are land based or too big and messy to do on campus, for example, building a solar disinfecting latrine designed to meet sanitation challenges in the developing world.

 

The site is bordered by the region’s largest river, the Connecticut. Serving as a major flyway for bird migration and supporting natural riverine communities, the river provides viewing of many kinds of wildlife, including osprey, ducks and geese, and beaver, otter, and muskrat. A conservation easement runs along the river, and the public are invited to walk, run, or cross country ski along the river!

 

The largest portion of the Fullington Farm is woodland. It is in the process of returning to the dominant northern New England natural community, the mixed hardwood forest. The wooded portion of the farm site supports a wide variety of flora and fauna, including bear, moose, deer, fisher, fox, and porcupine.

 

Our Garden

Each season, we grow over 2,000 pounds of fresh, tasty, organic produce.  In summer 2015 we piloted a new “one third, one third, one third” model for food distribution. One third of the food grown went to the Dartmouth Dining Services Farm Stand in Collis and other revenue generating sales including to the campus food truck, “The Box”. One third of our produce was bound for the Upper Valley Community via the “FARMacy”, a new joint initiative with the Geisel School of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice, Rethink Health, and the Claremont Soup Kitchen. The FARMacy provides fresh produce via a weekly CSA bag and cooking classes to families with diet related illnesses in Claremont, NH. The last one third of our produce is used in on-farm events and to feed volunteers. From weekly pizza oven dinners to cookouts, open houses, campfires, and crepe-making workshops, people are always eating at the farm! Our goal is to insure that our produce has impact and creates meaningful hands-on experiences for students. This model has given the farm the flexibility to use food production as a teaching tool and to reach a wide range of audiences.

 

Beyond the Garden

Beyond our annual, organic vegetable garden, we often host food –related events, celebrations and casual hangouts at the farm, all geared towards encouraging healthful and positive community.  Students visit the farm frequently as part of classes, social events, and more! Follow our blog for frequent articles on farm programs, involved students, current research, and upcoming events! Have any questions? Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu for more information on a specific program.

 

Current articles on the Blog:

Barn Raising Time!

Celebrating the completion of the Barn

Permaculture at the Dartmouth Organic Farm

            Student Spotlight Planting Seeds for Student Involvement at the O- Farm

            The Dartmouth Organic Farm as a Sustainability Hub [link:

            Student Spotlight: Growing with a Purpose and Taking Chances

            Something Fishy at the Dartmouth Organic Farm [link:

            Observing the Albedo Effect: Graduate student Alden Adolph’s research

            Dartmouth Sugar Crew

            Sweet Spot: Maple Sugaring at the Farm

            2nd Annual Brewhaha at the Dartmouth Organic Farm

            1/3, 1/3, 1/3: Harvests at the Dartmouth Organic Farm

            A Year at the O-Farm: Thoughts from the farmer

            Student Spotlight: One Sweet Potato

 

Additionally, view photos of our programs and events on our facebook page and Instagram account

 

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How to Get Involved!

Throughout the year, all farm activities and events are posted online weekly on the Sustainability Office calendar. Summer (June – August):

Shop at Collis Farm Stand: Open Fridays from 3-5pm at Collis Café, Collis Farm Stand features produce from the Dartmouth Organic Farm in addition to produce, cheese, cured meats, fruit, baked goods, and other products from local farms and businesses. DBA accepted for students, cash/card accepted for faculty/staff/public.

Schedule a Tour of the Farm: We are happy to host tours of the farm for groups of students, staff, faculty, and community members. Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@Dartmouth.edu to schedule a tour.

Come out for a workday: During the summer we host open workdays on Monday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and Friday mornings. Come join! Rides typically are offered to the farm, leaving from behind Robo. Email us to be added to our workday mailing list. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, closed toed shoes, and clothing that can get dirty!

Join a learning lunch: The farm hosts an informal lunch discussion series every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm in the barn at the farm. Join our intern team and staff for discussions about our farming practices, what other farms are doing, and what could happen at the farm in the future.

 Fall (September – November):

Shop our weekly Farm Stand: Step up Thursdays from 12-2pm outside Collis, the farm stand features fresh produce and other farm products such as maple syrup, honey, and tea mixes! Cash, Dash, Check accepted.

Come out for a workday: During the fall we host open workdays on Thursday afternoons, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings. Come join! Rides typically are offered to the farm, leaving from behind Robo. Email us to be added to our workday mailing list. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, closed toed shoes, and clothing that can get dirty!

Weekly Pizza Oven Dinners: Fridays, from 3-6pm, the farm hosts weekly Pizza Oven dinners for students. Rides leaving from behind Robo.

Winter (January – March):

Woodstove Fridays & Nature Walks: Every Friday, from 2-6pm, we fire the woodstove in the barn and invite all to come out, study by the fire, cross country ski or snowshoe along the river and in the woods, or join an informal discussion about farming practices, forestry, maple sugaring and more!

Come out for a workday: During the winter we host open workdays focused on prepping for the upcoming sugaring season. Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu for a list of workdays and what to expect!

Food preservation/cooking workshops: The farm hosts weekly food preservation and cooking workshops on campus in the Fahey Ground Floor kitchen. Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu for a schedule of workshops.

Spring (April – May):

Come out for a workday: During the spring we host open workdays focused on seeding and starting transplants in our two greenhouses and starting up the aquaponics system. Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu for a list of workdays and what to expect!

Events: The farm also makes a great site for events ranging from birthday parties & rehearsal dinners to faculty lunches, meetings and research-related poster sessions! If you are interested in hosting an event at the farm - -either at the pizza oven, in the barn, or around our fire pit, please email Jenna.Musco@dartmouth.edu for more details on pricing, availability, and logistics.

For students who become more involved with the Farm’s operation, there are paid full and part time intern positions available. For current undergraduates, we also offer a PE Class in the Spring, Summer, and Fall through the Outdoor Programs Office.

 

Directions to the Farm:

Our address is 102 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755.

It’s a three mile drive, bike ride, or even river paddle, to the Farm. From campus, drive north on Route 10, towards Lyme NH. The farm is located 3 miles past the Life Sciences Center, on the left side of the road. You’ll see two greenhouses, with an “orange-y” barn in the middle. There is a sign. Rides can be arranged with reasonable notice by emailing Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu.

Last Updated: 12/17/15