COA Holds Open House at Peggy Rockefeller Farms

Posted May 14, 2013, at 2:08 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic Peggy Rockefeller Farm, Norway Drive and Crooked Road, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Molly Anderson; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—Join College of the Atlantic faculty, students, and staff at the college’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms at Norway Drive and Crooked Road for a morning open house on Saturday, May 25. The event, from 10 a.m. to noon, will feature farm tours and conversations about food, energy and farming.

Hear from students who are raising sheep and chickens and beginning a rotational grazing scheme on the land, and other students engaged in projects from hoophouse vegetable production, to increasing compost, to expanding the farm’s generation of renewable energy.

The Peggy Rockefeller Farms are a research, education, and food resource for the college and the community. They consist of two farm properties of 125 acres donated to the college by David Rockefeller Sr. in 2010 to honor his late wife Peggy.

At the open house, which is free and open to the public, Molly Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, CJ Walke, farm manager at the Peggy Rockefeller Farms, and Tess Faller ’09, the new Beech Hill Farm manager, will discuss the goal of raising more than half of the college’s food on the combined farms. Bronwyn Clement ’13, currently an AmeriCorps VISTA worker at Healthy Acadia, will talk about the work of the college and the farms in increasing access to healthy food for low-income residents of Mount Desert Island. Additionally, students will lead tours around the farms to their projects first-hand. Refreshments are available.

For more information about the event, which is free and open to the public, contact the college at 207-288-5015, or write

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