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Dartmouth's Organic Farm turns 10

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/21/06 • Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

Students plan free public extravaganza emphasizing agricultural know-how

Dartmouth's Organic Farm, operated year-round by student volunteers and interns, will celebrate its 10th birthday on April 28 with an all-day event to include tours, workshops on a variety of farming practices, nature walks, live bluegrass by the Fogey Mountain Boys and remarks by Professor of Environmental Studies Jim Hornig.

Organic Farm
A student volunteer harvests crops at Dartmouth's Organic Farm. (Photo by Genevieve Haas)

The event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., is free and open to the public. Workshops, including soil making and seeding, worms and worm composting, growing salad sprouts, fish farming, transplanting, and composting, will be ongoing between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., as will face painting, tours of the farm and student-led nature walks in the woods which make up part of the 200-acre parcel of land.

At 5 p.m., Hornig will offer his remarks celebrating the farm and its contribution to Dartmouth. "I want to help celebrate the unique contribution the farm has made to the education of ten generations of Dartmouth students," said Hornig of the event. Hornig's talk will be followed by a birthday cake-cutting at 5:30 and potluck dinner at 6 p.m.. The dinner is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to contribute a dish of any kind. Dancing and bluegrass by the Fogey Mountain Boys will be held from 7-10 p.m.

The Organic Farm is an educational and working garden run by students who grow, harvest and sell locally a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. All of the labor is performed manually by farm club members on the scenic banks of the Connecticut River. The farm also serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for students studying botany, agriculture, and geography.

Farm manager Scott Stokoe, who has served as a mentor to student volunteers for nine of the farm's ten years, said "For me, the farm program represents access to the natural world, through a portal that remains somewhat familiar to most people; the garden. How else can students begin to explore the bigger workings of soil, weather, plants and animals; the workings upon which all life, let alone humans, is dependent and must work in harmony with?" Junior Jessica Saturley echoed Stokoe, saying "Dartmouth emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning, and the Organic Farm is a very concrete example of a place where students can do that. This is the place where I've learned the most at Dartmouth; it's been the stand-out in teaching me the most, in getting me the most interested in other topics. It's proof of the value of hands-on learning."

A free shuttle service to the farm, which is located three miles north of campus, will be available between 2 and 7 p.m. leaving from the rear of Robinson Hall. For more information, email Organic.Farm@Dartmouth.edu.

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