Science of Farming
The NMH farm embodies our commitment to experiential learning and our connections to the land and to the food we grow.
The iconic NMH farm is a science lab, a work project, the supplier of delicious fresh food for our dining hall, and the source of inspiration for entrepreneurs, biologists, environmentalists, and poets alike.
Our Science of Farming curriculum integrates multidisciplinary instruction and hands-on exploration. In our signature course, you’ll take a deep dive into the science, culture, and practicalities of making the food we eat. You’ll apply scientific methods to study campus agricultural land use and use systems-thinking to identify improvements and solutions that can be put into immediate practice at the farm.
You can immerse yourself in the Farm Semester Program, an interdisciplinary opportunity that draws on your background in literature, biology, and chemistry as you engage in a close observation of landscape and explore essential questions guiding society towards a sustainable future. You’ll hone your powers of observation and analysis through scientific study of campus land use and food production, firsthand experience, and literary and historical content. As you understand how human imagination is shaped by the land and shapes the land in turn, you’ll start to envision your own relationship to the land.
The farm has been a part of school life since 1879 and has a student-built greenhouse, a sugar house, and a cider house. We grow greens, vegetables, and herbs and make apple cider, and maple syrup. All of the farm-grown vegetables go to the dining hall, and we make all of our own compost.
About 30 students spend about four hours per week at the farm as part of their workjob requirement. Their duties include harvesting greens, pressing apples for cider, cleaning horse stalls, cutting wood, building fences, and taking part in our maple-sugaring operation.