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. In the 2016 growing season, there was about 1 acre of land planted, including several community garden plots. The remainder of the property has been planted in hay to provide some income while also building soil.
Two students are currently leading a Sustainable Agriculture Practicum (INTD 121) at the farm.
Plans are currently in development to install a new composting facility, a high tunnel, and a shipping container for storage.
Fall 2017 Miller Farm Student Staff:
- Caleb Smith ('17), Production Assistant
- Gracie Hauser ('18), Production Assistant
- Joyce To ('20), Communications and Marketing Assistant
Check out these articles from the Earlham student newspaper on farming at Earlham over the years:
From January, 1975:
From May, 1988: