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Teaching at the Farm

The Dartmouth Organic Farm is used by a number of courses at the college to enhance the academic curriculum, including courses from the Biology, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, and Religion departments. In addition to regular coursework, students have developed their own projects that use the resources of the farm, including engineering studies to improve the farm’s infrastructure or adapt the farm's operations to more sustainable practices, research studies in soil practices and crop interplanting, and feasibility studies in, and design of, aquaculture and permaculture landscaping. There are a number of grants available through the Outdoor Programs Office and the Environmental Studies Program to support student research at the Farm. Contact the Farm at for more information.


In order to gain a greater understanding of the practices and philosophies of organic farming and the greater sustainability culture, students involved in the farm’s operations also participate in lectures, workshops, local farm field trips, and conferences, including the NOFA conference (Northern Organic Farmers’ Association).



Research at the Farm

The farm welcomes faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students to use the landscape for sustainability-related research. At the farm, the floodplain and forested landscape are frequently used as field sites for research in biology, geography, engineering, and environmental studies. If your lab is interested in using the farm as a research space, please email


Current Faculty or Graduate Researchers at the Dartmouth Organic Farm:


Professor Anne Kapuscinski, Environmental Studies 

Professor Hannah ter Hofstede, Biology 

Professor Peter Wright, Geisel School of Medicine 

Professor Selena Ahmed, Montana State University 

David Lutz, Research Associate in Environmental Studies 

Samuel Fey, Visiting Scientist in Biology & Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University 

Alden Adolph, PhD Student at the Thayer School of Engineering 

Morgan Peach, PhD Student in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society Program at Dartmouth

Last Updated: 7/25/18