University of Vermont

Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm

Our Farm

Our farm is located at the UVM Horticultural Research Center in South Burlington, VT. We have 3 fields, each approximately 1 acre, a hoop house, and access to space in one of the greenhouses shared by other groups on the property.

In addition to our own equipment and tools, we have access to the facility's work shop with all its tools, various tractors and implements, and a wonderfully helpful staff to assist us if needed. Students are trained on all equipment before using it by one of these staff members.

Although we are not yet certified Organic, we are dedicated to following the Organic standards. We also try to incorporate alternative and ecological practices such as cover cropping, rotation, and intercropping. We have an interest in integrating animals into the farm at some point in the future but currently do not own animals on the farm.

The Crops
Let's get to the root of things!
As managment of the farm changes each year, the crops grown can vary considerably. However, as we are predominantly a CSA farm, we tend to offer a wide variety of crops including flowers, herbs, and fruit. Below are some of the crops that have been grown at Common Ground:

We are also extremely lucky to have a perennial fruit area next to our hoop house, which produces an abundance of a wide variety of fruits throughout the season. The crops include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, gooseberries, sour cherries, plums, peaches, and nectarines. There is also a small patch of purple asparagas! In the 2011 season, we also constructed two perennial herb boxes to accompany the other perennials, and innoculated a patch of grass with Shaggy Mane mushrooms which will hopefully produce for the first time next fall. The herb boxes contain lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, thyme, st. johnswort, dill, and echinacea.

  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spinace
  • Specialy greens
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Carrots
  • Turnips

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Summer squash
  • Winter squash
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Hot Peppers
  • Beets

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