Campus Farm Program

About the Farm

Eliada has deep agricultural roots, having once been a working farm in the early and mid-1900’s. Today, Eliada’s Campus Farm program  provide food and educational opportunities for our 400 students and residents 365 days of the year. The farm currently consists of three growing facilities; a geodesic Grow Dome, a hoophouse, and a market garden. Between the three facilities, our farm program is equipped to grow year-round. Produce from the farm goes directly to Eliada’s kitchen where it is used to create nutritional, fresh meals for the students served on campus. A portion of the Market Garden is also dedicated to a therapeutic tea garden where we grow herbs youths help bag and drink as a self-soothing ritual.

Agricultural Education

Our Farm Manager collaborates with Eliada’s teachers to incorporate the Farm into the program curriculum as part of a structured agriscience class. For elementary to high school-aged students, detailed teaching topics include class sessions addressing agriculture, conservation, farm ecology, natural irrigation, and pest control. Students take weekly field trips to our Hoophouse, Grow Dome, and Market Garden to learn about sustainable farming and get hands-on experience. Our farm and gardening program equips youth with knowledge on gardening, and nutrition while improving health outcomes, self-efficacy, and pro-social skills, all leading to increased resiliency. Students are able to learn about sustainable agricultural practices, obtain school credit, and receive hands-on experience while simultaneously contributing to food security.

Schedule a Tour

Come join us on our campus for a small group guided walking farm tour! Learn about our history, as well as greenhouse growing practices, aquaponics, hydroponics, market gardening, corn maze production and more!

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