The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) university farms were recognized as being among the top in the country by Best College Reviews, which published a ranking of the 20 best university farms in America. UNH, which was ranked No. 20, was noted for having an academically centered farming operation.
UNH has four horticulture, agronomy and dairy farms, as well as greenhouses, which are centered on teaching, research and outreach. All are facilities of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
The rankings were based on a number of factors, including the size of the farm, farm integration with the main campus, farm sustainability, courses taught on the farm, student use of the farm and community use of the farm. The authors noted that “the large variety of sites are a crucial part of the university’s land-grant heritage, with some elements of agricultural education dating back to 1887. The community is able to use the facilities, particularly the Kingman Farm, for hiking, mountain-biking and other recreational activities.”
“The dedication of our farm and greenhouse staff to our faculty, students and stakeholders is tremendous,” says Jon Wraith, director of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and dean of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. “Our research farms and greenhouses provide experiential learning opportunities to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students every year. They also offer our faculty critical facilities to conduct research that has a positive impact on the bottom line for the agriculture, forest products and related natural resources industries. I’m hugely proud of our farms and greenhouses, which are an integral part of UNH’s land-grant heritage and future.”
UNH’s farms include the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural farms, the Macfarlane Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Every year, thousands of people visit UNH’s farms and greenhouses. Some of the most popular events include the Granite State Dairy Promotion Open House at the Fairchild Dairy, the Spring Open House at the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses and twilight meetings with members of the agricultural community at Woodman and Kingman farms.