Three years ago, the student-founded Book & Plow Farm became a department within the College’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. Under the leadership of Maida Ives, the manager of farm education and operations, the campus farm has become a wellness resource and teaching tool.
From the Book & Plow Farm’s greenhouse atop Tuttle Hill, the view stretches on for miles. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Quabbin Reservoir. Ives calls it “the best office view I could ask for.”
Student Farmer Sona Kim '22 (left) rakes alongside assistant farm manager Kaylee Brow. Currently, the farm produces over 40,000 pounds of food a year and employs nearly 40 student farm interns.
Students visiting the greenhouse in April saw the flats of lettuce and microgreens that would eventually make their way to Valentine Dining Hall for plant-based dining week.
Professor Ashwin Ravikumar (center, in black jacket) and students from his “The Resilient(?) Earth: Introduction to Environmental Studies” class walk behind Ives during their April visit to the Book & Plow Farm.
Ives holds up an onion seedling while addressing the environmental studies class.