University of Vermont

Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm


During the spring semester Common Ground invited Dr. Michael Hamm, the faculty advisor of Rutgers University student run organic farm that they modeled themselves after. The visit left them energized and excited for the growing season. Jon Hartland managed the CSA farm for the 1997-growing season with the help of Stacey Schuster (Environmental Studies), Caitlin Brady (PSS) and Christina Fabrey (PSS). Shareholders grew to 9and 13 Vermont Youth Corp. high school students spent an after noon at the farm to learn about vegetable production.

Jon developed intensive record keeping to help Common Ground determine how much needs to be grown and when transplants of vegetables needed to be started in the green house to get the desired crops. He also developed a system to remove the field heat from vegetables, which improved quality and recorded the amounts of produce grown and given to shareholders. They estimate that they cultivated at least 200 pounds of vegetables. Other developments include growing cover crops to control weed problems, building cold frames and learned to use the grain drill to use with hands-on education.

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