In Summer 2017, beehives will be installed as a Beekeeeping Club begins this fall. Other plans currently in development are a composting facility and a storage facility.
During the 2016-17 academic year, a student-led course titled Sustainable Agriculture Practicum (INTD 121) was taught during both semesters, and a high tunnel greenhouse was installed.
In the 2016 growing season, there was about 1 acre of land planted, including several community garden plots open to the Richmond community. The remainder of the property has been planted in hay to provide some income while also building soil.
Earlham College has a long history of engaging with agriculture as a means of experiential education and of sustainable living and learning exploration for students. Miller Farm was relocated in Fall 2014 to be adjacent to the Suzanne Hoerner Equestrian Center. Since that time, students and staff have been working to plan out a long-term vision for the property while also getting a garden up and running.
Check out these articles from the Earlham student newspaper on farming at Earlham over the years:
From January, 1975:
From May, 1988: