Woodman Horticultural Research Farm

Evan Ford, 603-868-2345

woodman farm

This approximately 155-acre research 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), pollinator habitat assessment, use of high tunnels to hasten and extend the growing season for fruits and vegetables, the use of reflective plastic mulches to increase per-acre yields of vegetables, overwintering onions using nonheated low tunnels, evaluation of seedless table grape varieties, and the establishment of the most expansive kiwiberry breeding research project in the nation.

The farm hosts many visitors each year, and it is a frequent site of outreach programs for our agricultural initiatives.