Welcome to the Antioch Farm!
The Antioch Farm is a living, learning laboratory for students and a place that makes our campus more sustainable. Located on campus, students participate in all aspects of the Farm from planning to planting to eating. Also, as a part of their coursework, students may take soil samples in Environmental Science, make maple syrup in the Global Seminar on Food, or experience chicken behavior in Psychology.
The Farm, started in 2011, includes an annual growing area, pasture for animal grazing, a food forest, and a hoop house. The Antioch Farm models and practices a variety of sustainably focused growing methods such as organic, ecological, and permaculture.
All food grown on the Antioch Farm, including fresh produce, eggs, pastured lamb, and culinary and tea herbs, is served in the dining halls. While the average meal travels 1,500 miles to reach the table, food from the Antioch Farm travels 1,500 feet to our dining halls!
The Antioch College Farm utilizes ecological agriculture to provide an integrated context for liberal arts learning. The Farm allows students to experience, explore, and develop methods of sustainability, through its interwoven functions as an outdoor laboratory for curricular study and a living forum where student labor connects to campus dining and recycling.
- Environmental Sustainability - Growing methods meet the National USDA Organic Standards, but also include ecological, biodynamic, and/or permaculture practices. Structures and designs also reflect our commitment to environmental sustainability, conserving natural resources, and minimizing campus waste.
- Healthy, Living Soil - The farm uses campus leaves, vegetable dining scraps, and other local “waste” products to create a nutrient-rich soil, high in organic matter, and teaming with microbial life. Special attention is paid to soil conservation and soil ecology.
- Biodiversity – As a mimic to nature, the Farm grows a variety of perennial and annual plants, including crops that attract beneficial insects.
- Local Water Quality – No synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, which can leach into the local water shed, are used. Water conservation practices are employed.
- Experiential Education – The Farm is an outdoor classroom, integrated into the curriculum, providing a living laboratory for experimentation and an interactive learning space.
- Economic Sustainability – Fresh food grown on the Farm goes entirely to enhance student dining.
- Nick Boutis, director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute
- Kat Christen, Farm manager
- Linda Fuselier, associate professor of environmental science
- David Goodman, alumnus
- Eric Miller, annual fund officer
- Maggie Rusnak, assistant director of admission and financial aid
- Reggie Stratton, facilities manager
- Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, assistant professor of philosophy
- Marianthe Bickett, student farm crew leader
For more information about the Farm or to volunteer, call 937-477-8654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.