Fairfield Farm & Food
The Hotchkiss School brings environmental education beyond the walls of the classroom with
Fairfield Farm. In 2004, Hotchkiss purchased 260 acres of natural farmland located just a mile from campus. Six years later, we have expanded the Farm by adding an additional 27 acres of land as well as four buildings on the property. Over time, this expanse of acreage has become so much more than rugged farmland. It's become a thriving extension of our campus and a place for our community to explore, learn, and grow.
The Farm is a source of inspiration for our outdoor classes and the hub of countless concerts, co-curricular activities, and School events. Our land also serves as an essential dining hall supplier, giving students the chance to actively participate in an ecologically grown farm-to-table experience.
In 2020, we welcomed Amy Sidran as our new Farm Education Coordinator, where she will play a vital role in bringing forth the next phase of the Farm program. The 2020 farming season faced many challenges as a result of COVID-19 closures, including drought, uncertainty about the dining program's demands and a lack of student worker support during the spring and summer. Ultimately, we decided to shrink our acreage in active vegetable production and continue the transition to a no-till system to improve our soil quality. We'll continue to adapt our processes as needed and are confident that the Farm will continue to be an exceptional resource for our community.
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. In 2019, the Grange received a National Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects.