Our Facilities

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NOTICE (3/17/2020): For safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to our NHAES farms and greenhouses has been temporarily restricted to employees and essential research staff only. There will be no exceptions, as this is a UNH-wide decision made in order to protect our employees and our public. Thank you for understanding.

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) funds, maintains and manages multiple field research facilities, listed at left. Many of our supported scientists also conduct important research in various non-NHAES facilities, some of which are listed separately under other sections of the COLSA website.

It is important to note that the several campus-area farm and greenhouse facilities are not funded from the UNH general budget, but through the separate NHAES federal and state budget lines. The assessments paid by NHAES to UNH provide funding to the university, and the many activities conducted at these locations support the core institutional mission and goals. Our field facilities include the two horticulture and agronomy farms, a typical New England Holstein dairy, a diversified organic dairy farm, and the research/teaching greenhouses. The several other field sites adjacent to or near the UNH campus are used independently for research, teaching, and engagement while directly contributing to the farm operations by producing required dairy and equine feed.

The majority of our forage fields are maintained in certified organic status, and we use manure and compost generated from our dairy and equine facilities to maintain their soil fertility and tilth.

Provision of our research farms and greenhouses provides added value through outstanding opportunities for hands-on teaching and experiential learning by graduate and undergraduate students within multiple UNH academic programs, and formal and informal outreach and engagement with stakeholders.