The College Farm offers fresh, naturally grown, local produce to Davidson College students through the college's Dining Services operation. The farm is a stand-alone, business-based unit of the college and does not introduce additional costs to Dining Services.
We engage Davidson students, faculty, and staff to enhance educational opportunities and create a collaborative and innovative environment for curricular and co-curricular activities that support local farming.
Located on Grey Road in Davidson, our initial production is situated on a three-plus-acre site on land known as McIntosh Farm. In 2008, the college purchased a total of 109 acres from the McIntosh family.
The farm grows naturally—no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. All seeds are certified organic, non-GMO, and/or open-pollinated heirloom varieties. We have a 16-foot x 42-foot propagation greenhouse, and a 30-foot x 96-foot high tunnel that allows year-round growth.
Our production includes lettuce, spinach, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, melons, strawberries, beets, carrots, blueberries, herbs, and cut flowers for catering.
We are located at 1603 Grey Road in Davidson and we are open for visitors Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon and Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
Theresa Allen, The Farm manager, owned and operated Passion Flower Farms nursery for 10 years, growing heirloom vegetables, plants, herbs, and flowers and also performing landscape installation. She worked as lead horticulturalist at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and started Peace and Harmony Farm in 2008, selling her products at Decatur Farmer's Market in Decatur, Ga., and then Elizabeth Avenue Farmer's Market in Charlotte, N.C. Allen attended the Elma Lomax Incubator Farm for a season after moving to North Carolina and has also sold CSA shares.