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History

First mention of the farm in school archives dates back to 1834. Evidence found through research of old school records points to the pivotal role that the farm has played throughout the duration of higher education in the Poultney community. While owners, administrators, students, and learning objectives of the school have changed throughout the past 160 years, a constant and reliable variable was the farm. Whether it was providing fresh milk and produce to the dining hall, providing the ability for students to work off tuition fees, or even providing access to piglets for practical jokes, the farm was a part of the successes and failures of the community. With the introduction and adoption of contracted dining services sweeping colleges and universities across the country, as well as the promise of post WWII economic growth and stability, the farm was rented out in 1954. With new knowledge and an appreciation for the resilience and education that the farm could offer the community, we started operations back up in 1997 and have continued to grow and increase our impact environmentally and socially.




1997
Half acre garden started.


1999
Organic Ag course started.


2001
Farm reclamation begins.

3-year grant for
Americorps farm manager.

Expansion to one and a half acres.

Campus composting grant
for Earth Tubs.


2003
Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (RAFFL) conceived.

Oxen arrive.

2005
Farm manager position funded.

Wind & solar power
added to greenhouse.

2007
Administration adopts sustainable
food purchasing guidelines.

"Local Wednesdays" events.

2009
High tunnel greenhouses installed

Solar Harvest Center established

2011
OVaL Shed constructed



1998
Increase to three-quarters
acre garden.


2000
Family Farm Forum begins.

Sustainable Farming Systems class proposes plan to reclaim & build
GMC college farm.

2002
Livestock & rotational grazing introduced.

Greenhouse constructed.

Sustainable Ag concentration added.

2004
Expansion to 2 acres.

Water line added.

2006
Block courses on New England
food systems created.

"5 Farms in 5 Days" Event.

2008
Shift to oxen power.

Pigs introduced.

Expansion to 4 acres visible from dining hall.

Flash Freeze unit introduced

2010
Yavanna grant supports sustainable agriculture research (LEAFS).

2012
Commercial kitchen completed

Olwen Solar Garage built

Lawn-to-Edible Garden project unveiled


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