Horticulture Farm

Introduction

Horticulture Farm
The old Durham reservoir. (1998)

The Horticulture Farm woodlot is located between the Durham main campus and U.S. Route 4. It contains 155.5 acres of forestland, with 125.5 acres classified as

upland and 30 acres of wetlands. Although white pine is the predominant tree species, a diverse mix of vegetation can be found, including unusual varieties in historical plantations that can be traced back to 1918.

The Horticulture Farm provides a natural laboratory for all fields of natural resources in both two and four year programs.

History

The primary block of land that constitutes the Horticulture Farm came into University ownership in 1917. At that time much of the land was open. Some remained as fields through the 1940's, a large portion of it being used for poultry range. Although much of the land was eventually allowed to revert to forest, the Woodman Horticulture research farm, a NH Agricultural Experiment Station facility, has flourished since nearly the beginning. 

Present Use

Recent activities on the Horticulture Farm woodlot include equestrian education and events and regular timber harvesting related to natural resource management and education. The combination of its proximity to campus and active mangement make it a popular destination for field labaratory classes.