Students in our Farm and Forest program learn how to manage the School's 1.5-acre organic farm and maintain the five miles of trails on campus and the land adjacent to campus. Getting fit and having fun are always in order as students harvest fresh produce from the garden, slide in the mud after runaway chickens, and jump up and down to pack the snow and combat voles in the orchard.
Farm and Forest members:
- grow approximately 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, annually
- plant seedlings
- manage a hoop house
- care for our chickens
- press apples to make apple cider
- make and can jam from our berry bushes
- jar pickles from our cucumbers
- tap maple trees and produce maple syrup
- create signage, clear brush and build bridges for our multi-purpose trails
Students get fit as they map and clear the network of trails around campus. In the spring, students discover the joys of ‘sugar on snow’ as we tap our own trees to make maple syrup in March. We also will be visiting other farms to pick apples, learn about milking goats and making cheese, and to see how maple syrup is produced on a large scale. A highlight of the Farm and Forest Crew’s season is the annual Harvest Dinner, which is be held during Family and Alumnae/i Weekend. Come sample the fresh, organic food produced right here on campus!
Farm and Forest is offered in the fall and spring.