History of the Farm
Pearson’s Town Farm began as a small garden project in the summer of 2005 developed by Stuart Leckie, Pearson’s Café general manager. In the spring of 2009, a farm manager was hired and interns were brought on board to expand the growing operation and develop a program that would better educate young people about agriculture and their food. Since then, the summer’s crops are used in the College dining hall and donated to Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry, a partnership that has since flourished and bolstered the farm’s commitment to fight the growing food insecurity issues arising at the local level.
Today, the farm continues its commitment to educating the community and empowering the under-served through the simple means of planting seeds and nurturing life.
Pearson’s Town Farm is a small non-certified organic farm that is working toward a permacultural design. Staff and volunteers operate under the philosophy that food is a right, not a privilege, and that everyone is entitled to and should have access to fresh, healthy food. The College supports the belief that agriculturalists are responsible for producing food in a manner that does no harm to the environment, meaning that they sacrifice “picture perfect” food for the sake of properly ripened, fresh, nutritious, flavorful food that is grown in balance with the world around us.
As an educational tool, the farm is an invaluable means for reconnecting people, both young and old, with simple, naked foods; reintroducing others to the simplicity and superior health of non-processed foods. Pearson’s Town is committed to reaching out into the community to encourage those who are able to recapture the practice of Victory Gardening, to empower the under-served to help subsidize for themselves, and to inspire small at-home agriculture projects to, perhaps, subsidize incomes.
Our staff is working to create as many closed system programs on the farm as are practicable in order to demonstrate the feasibility and ease of growing a variety of foods with only as many “outside inputs” as are necessary. Using the permaculture model, everything from our soil to our llama are interconnected for the greatest good of the whole of the farm. The farm recognizes this model’s potential as a teaching tool for promoting a strengthened and more independent local community.
In a Student’s Words
“I want to thank the bunnies for being adorable and working as a great and free therapist. There was nothing better than cuddling a baby bunny before a huge test or presentation.”
— Heather Aceto ’13
Sr. Director of Sustainable Enterprises