Woodman Farm

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Due to the favorable weather, we’ve been having an exceptionally beautiful autumn here at the Woodman Farm. Such beauty provided a dramatic backdrop for the Twilight Dinner that the Hospitality Management Program in the Whittemore School of Business Economics (WSBE) hosted for 120 guests in our historic barn last month.

The Woodman Farm is the site of regular class tours from programs across the University as well as other local and regional schools. We routinely host seasonal Field Days, pruning demonstrations, and alumni tours. Regularly scheduled meetings of non-profit horticultural organizations and charity organizations are held at our facility. Furthermore, the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program uses the Woodman Farm for field studies and practical experience, and the Organic Garden Club starts transplants in our greenhouse each year.  Woodman Farm is also a central part of the Equine Program’s cross country event that is held on campus twice a year.

The Woodman Farm has been rife with collaborative research projects and educational activities over the past year, which include the following:

  • Scientists and students from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) teamed with Seacoast Eat Local, the University of Massachusetts, CISA, and a local grower to study the productivity of winter low tunnels.
  • Trials took place involving hanging tomato baskets, living mulches, broccoli inter-row competition, high tunnel tomatoes, cover crop weed suppression, and peach varieties.
  • COLSA scientists and students conducted studies of bitter rot and apple scab, made advancements in strawberry genetics and plant breeding, carried out a peach tree pruning experiment, and researched greenhouse salad greens in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture.
  • There are ongoing projects involving meadow wildflowers, pollinators, insect monitoring research, nursery production, off-season crops of pussy willows and red-stemmed dogwoods, and more.
  • UNH researchers and students are involved in a number of collaborative research projects, including a NHAES project and a NH EPSCoR project, which examine interactions among climate, land use, and ecosystems in New Hampshire. The Woodman Farm served as an important field sampling site for these projects, affording hands-on experience to students and providing high quality data.

The Woodman Farm is an integral part of the University and the community-at-large. We donate a variety of produce for the monthly dinners held at the Waysmeet Center in Durham and sell peaches, blueberries, and approximately 600 bushels of apples grown here to UNH Dining.

We hope you will take advantage of one of the many research or teaching opportunities available at the Woodman Farm, which is open to the public during visiting hours from Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.