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  • Experiential Learning

    Students who work on the farm acquire a range of skills, from earth-friendly planting and harvesting, to managing operations and sales at the college farmers' market.

    Students and sunflowers on the Farm at Davidson
  • Environmental Stewardship

    The farm provides students an opportunity to learn about our food's journey, from planting and harvesting, to bringing fresh produce to market.

    Theresa Allen At the Farmers Market
  • Research at the Farm

    An outdoor classroom and living laboratory, the farm is an optimal setting for students to plan, coordinate and conduct field research.

    Marisa Wilson plants her research project

About Us

The Farm at Davidson has a dedicated, full-time farm manager, as well as Davidson work-study students. Together, they create a collaborative and innovative environment for curricular and co-curricular activities that support ethics-based agriculture.

Farm Manager

Theresa Allen

Theresa Allen

I have the privilege of growing food for our students, faculty, and staff. Along with student workers, we bring healthy, sustainable food to the Davidson community.

I came to Davidson in the fall of 2010 and began working in Dining Services before I moved to my current position at the farm in 2012. Prior to that I spent 20 years in the restaurant business and came to farming through the kitchen door. I love to cook and my favorite food changes with the seasons. I wear overalls everyday and I must be a trendsetter because many of my students have followed suit.


Peter Haugen

Peter Haugen '18
Seattle, Wash.
Major: Art/Premedicine

My favorite foods are shoyu eggs or pear gelato. My favorite books are Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, and Matilda by Roald Dahl. My favorite paintings are Albino by Dana Schutz and The Grape Harvest in Arles by Gauguin. I have a twin sister named Daisy. After Davidson, I want to pursue a career in reconstructive surgery.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee '18
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Environmental Studies

In addition to working on the farm, I am an admission tour guide, play trumpet in the Davidson Pep Band, and work with the Sustainability Office. My ideal day would involve some kind of meal made of dumplings. After Davidson, I'd like to be a high-school teacher or college professor.

Ellie Irving on the Farm at Davidson

Ellie Irving '19
Concord, N.C.

Simply, working on the farm makes me happy. I am a long-time lover of local food, farmer's markets, and cooking. I enjoy listening to NPR, running, dancing, and being outside. I am a member of Warner Hall and former member of the Davidson Dance Team. 

Margo Stockdale

Margo Stockdale '19
Atlanta, Ga.
Environmental Studies

When I'm not on the farm, I row on the club crew team and perform with Oops! improv. After Davidson, I'd like to be an international food blogger (the dream) or a sustainability consultant, or maybe something with environmental law.

Spencer Patten

Spencer Patten '20
Princeton, N.J.
Undecided (considering Economics)

On the farm you can find me in my blue overalls and a scuffle hoe in hand. I look forward to spending more days at the farm in the years to come. I plan on majoring in economics and I'm considering a career in banking after Davidson. I am a member of the lacrosse team and squash club.

Photo of Morgan Potter

Morgan Potter '20
Lakewood, Wash.
Undecided (considering Music and Chemistry)

I sing in Chorale and in Androgyny and also love to spend time playing piano, guitar, and mandolin. I love to hike and camp, but also to play video games. I would love to become a professional forester or ecologist so I can spend more time in beautiful forests. Fun fact: I love farming because it gives me an excuse to play in the dirt.

Bella Witherspoon

Bella Witherspoon '20
Hometown: Burnsville, N.C.
Major: Undeclared (interested in Environmental Studies)

I love calling the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina my home. Throughout high school, I worked at Mountain Farm, an amazing lavender farm where I harvested lavender, milked goats, made cheese with the fresh milk (both chevre and aged), and crafted many body products including soap. My personal interests are playing guitar, writing songs, and growing food sustainably.

Jordan Scott working on the Farm at Davidson

Jordan Scott '21
Virginia Beach, Va.
Undecided (interested in Physics)

My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell and my favorite thing to eat is a good slice of pizza. My favorite thing to do on the farm is definitely weeding—just kidding! I really enjoy doing small projects around the farm that help it look prettier and operate more smoothly.

Lucas Tanaka on the Farm at Davidson

Lucas Tanaka '21
Nicholasville, Ky.

I enjoy playing soccer and other sports, reading, video games, and hanging out with friends and family. My interests include history, philosophy, politics, and economics. My favorite book is Brave New World.