Long Lane Farm Welcomes Chickens, New Farmers

Catherine Walsh '16 handles a young rhode island red hen July 14 at Long Lane Farm. Chickens are a new addition to the two-acre, student-run farm this summer. The hens will start laying in fall and supply Bon Appétit and Wesleyan's Dining Services with fresh eggs. 

Catherine Walsh ’16 handles a young hen July 14 at Long Lane Farm. Chickens are a new addition to the two-acre, student-run farm this summer. The hens will start laying in fall and supply Bon Appétit and Wesleyan’s Dining Services with fresh eggs.

Long Lane Farm is Wesleyan’s student run organic farm devoted to allowing students a place to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture. This summer, seven students are tending the two-acre farm full-time. New to this year’s farm are Rhode Island red hens, who reside in the farm’s chicken coop. The coop was designed and built by Wesleyan’s Architecture II class in 2013.

Throughout the summer, other students and community members help out around the farm with planting, watering and weeding.

Food harvested from the farm is sold at the North End Farmers’ Market throughout the summer, and at the Wesleyan Farmers’ Market during the academic year. The student farmers donate excess food to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, and have an arrangement through which Bon Appétit: dining services funds positions for students to work on the farm in exchange for weekly deliveries of farm vegetables. In addition, the students invite local families to the farm and teach children about the various aspects of farming and producing food. Children are sent home with a bag of produce that they personally harvested.

The farm is funded by the College of the Environment, Bon Appétit and Wesleyan’s Green Fund. View more photos of the farm below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Long Lane Farm, July 2014.   (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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