Farm & Food
In 2004, the School acquired a 260-acre parcel of farmland just a mile south of campus from Jack Blum ’47, a former trustee who raised Black Angus cattle. Six years later, Hotchkiss purchased an additional 27 acres and four buildings on the Blum property, bringing the total acreage to 287.
Today, the farm has become a vital part of community life and a source of academic inspiration, providing a venue for outdoor classes, co-curricular activities, concerts, and School functions — and supplying the dining hall with organically grown produce.
Hotchkiss leads independent secondary schools in its commitment to providing local, ethical, and sustainable options in the dining hall — thanks, in large part, to the seamless connection between the School and Fairfield Farm. In fall 2015 alone, Fairfield Farm supplied 32 percent of the School’s produce. We also partner with nearly 30 farmers and food producers in the region, supporting the local economy and working towards our mission of sourcing high-quality, low-impact food. And we give back to local farmers: Each year, Hotchkiss donates about 75 tons of compost to a dairy farm located just 13 miles away from campus.
Our Harvest by the Numbers
- The farm produced 61 varieties of vegetables
- Total yield: 35,000 pounds of produce (totaling $92,300 in dining hall offset)
- 1,350 pounds donated to the Corner Food Pantry
Completed in spring 2015, the grange stores the farm’s 23,000-plus pounds of produce and provides an ideal setting for student and faculty retreats, class reunions, and outdoor concerts in the summer. The building includes a teaching kitchen for cooking classes, a processing space for farm produce, and a magnificent porch.