Agriculture in education
One of Earlham’s green initiatives, Miller Farm is an engaging way for students to learn about sustainable farming and work hands-on in the dirt! This student-run, non-profit organization welcomes everyone, regardless of experience. An extra pair of hands is always appreciated.
And Miller Farm is more than just farming. Food is cooked in the kitchen or pizza oven on the farm every weekend, and a variety of events are held throughout the school year. Miller Farm is a creative space where new ideas are always encouraged, allowing you to integrate your personal interests with your participation on the farm.
A look at the farm
What we do
Sustainable agricultural practices are always evolving and expanding at the farm.
Where we do it
The great outdoors is supplemented by indoor facilities for a year-round farming cycle.
Community participation is vital to the success of the farm—and you could discover new interests!
Miller Farm is a great opportunity to connect with and involve our Richmond neighbors.
Life on the farm
Our farm hands
Aija Bowman ’26
Earth and Environmental Science Major
“I heard about Miller Farm when I was applying to Earlham and I heard great things about it. I decided to volunteer at the farm because I saw all the innovative opportunities present and wanted to gain valuable experience.”
Jo Potter ’25
Geology and Art double Major
“I love working on the farm because it is very hands-on. It gives me a break from all the academic work with school and I find there is a meditative or mindfulness aspect when working at the farm. Whether it is planting, weeding, or any other activity I feel like I am able to focus and just be in the moment.”
Momoko Nakata ’26
“I learned about Miller Farm when I visited on the last day of August Wilderness 2022. I decided to volunteer because I was interested in learning how to grow something I ate from the very beginning. And it’s fun to cultivate plants!”
History at Earlham
Earlham College has a long history of using agriculture as a means of experiential education. From students working the farmland to defray college expenses in the early 20th century through versions of an agricultural program in the decades following, a working farm has long been part of Earlham life.
Learn more about the history of Miller Farm.
An issue of The Earlham Post, published in 1975, discusses the different farm-projects at the college and the start of a potential farm.
An issue of The Earlham Word, published in 1988, talks about the benefits of Miller Farm and how it is unique to Earlham College.
Want to learn more?
Anthony Noble has been the farm manager at Miller Farm since 2017. After growing up Quaker in Indianapolis, he sees working at Earlham as a way of contributing to the community.
“I love the sense of community that emerges through sharing knowledge and space at the farm.”
For questions about Miller Farm, contact Anthony or connect with us on social media.