Woodman Horticultural Research Farm

John McLean, 603-868-2345

Woodman Farm

This approximately 155-acre NHAES/COLSA farm is located on the western edge of the main campus. Part of the farm is wooded and used for research and teaching in areas such as forestry, wildlife biology, entomology and water quality. It also contains the equestrian cross country course.

The primary activities at this farm are research, teaching and outreach on the production of horticultural and ornamental crops. Recent and ongoing research projects include efforts in the areas of Integrated Pest Management (efforts to reduce dependence on pesticide applications), use of high tunnels to hasten and extend the growing season for strawberries, the use of reflective plastic mulches to increase per-acre yields of tomatoes, development of hull-less pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack food, and the feasibility of growing various shrubs to serve multiple niche markets (e.g., providing plant materials used in floral arrangements).

The farm hosts many visitors each year and it is a frequent site of outreach programs for our agricultural initiatives. UNH Cooperative Extension uses the farm for outreach programs to put information into the hands of growers as quickly as possible.