Growing food is not just a business at the Davidson College Farm, it’s a form of art. Everyone involved with the Farm will tell you there’s something special about digging your hands in the earth and seeing all your hard work pay off as seeds grow into nourishing and healthy food. The Davidson student body also benefits from the food grown at the Farm because everything grown is sold and served at Vail Commons. Costs of operations are entirely covered by the food produced and sold, ensuring the Farm imposes no additional costs on the school. Davidson College acquired the Farm in 2008 and ever since then Theresa Allen, the Farm Manager, and a team of dedicated students work every day to keep the Farm running smoothly and to deliver healthy, clean, and local food.
Davidson College Farm Manager
1603 Grey Road, Davidson, NC 28036
Eggshells from Vail Commons are used in compost.
Use Davidson College compost from bins in the Union.
Use solar panels to power the electric fence that keeps deer out of the garden.
Use drip irrigation to save water.
Leaves from campus are used in compost.
Coffee grounds from S&D Coffee and Dunkin Donuts are spread on the soil to boost nitrogen content.
Use retired equipment from Physical Plant to save money on equipment purchases and opens space in storage. Equipment includes: pick up truck, gator, tractor, and motor.