Sustainable Deerfield: Growing Green

We have embarked on collaborative work to build food system opportunities for faculty, student and community engagement in the greenhouse facility and across the campus. We will offer co-curricular opportunities throughout the year as well as provide spaces for learning and engagement with flowers, honeybees, salad greens, mushrooms and maple syrup.

We have worked with our own talented staff as well as outside experts to determine some optimal uses for the greenhouse space this year, including growing microgreens in the winter, establishing a winter greens crop, and using honey and maple syrup in culinary applications. In addition to hosting open houses in the fall for interested community members, Growing Green will offer six Friday evening events in the greenhouse (8-10pm), covering the topics of harvesting honey, pickling peppers, cultivating mushrooms, cloning plants from cuttings, forcing bulbs in winter, and processing saffron.

The DA greenhouse, located on the east side of campus, provides curricular, co-curricular and other opportunities to learn about ecological food production, sustainable water management, and alternative approaches in food systems in a vibrant, energetic setting.

We invite faculty and staff to engage with growing green, through tours, classroom activities or projects, or events. If you are interested, please use this link to provide more information about your ideas. A small committee, comprised of faculty and staff, will review your idea and get in touch with you about next steps or ask Mark Teutsch or Beth Hooker about possibilities.

Did you know?

  • The CSGC offers a co-curricular program every term—imagine winter in a warm greenhouse!
  • The greenhouse is managed organically, using no pesticides or herbicides. We prefer to use “integrated pest management” to address issues as they arise.
  • Classes that have used the greenhouse include AP Environmental Science, Botany and the Bible, Writing and Nature, AP Photography, and many more!
  • We offer additional opportunities such as the Vegan Food Club, and service at The Food Bank of Western MA, The Salvation Army and much more!

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