UNH Farm Day

The UNH Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center is at 36 O’Kane Road in Durham.

DURHAM — Growers and the public are invited to visit two research areas at the University of New Hampshire on the 7th annual Durham Farm Day Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Woodman Horticultural Research Farm and the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, both facilities of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, will be open for free public tours.

Tours of the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane, will take place at 10 and 11 a.m.

Self-guided tours of the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, 36 O’Kane Road, are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can observe the milking process at 3:30 p.m.

Finally, the sustainable agricultural high tunnels and fields will be open for visits from 9 a.m. to noon.

The primary activities of the approximately 155-acre Woodman Horticultural Research Farm are research, teaching and outreach on the production of horticultural and ornamental crops. The farm specializes in conducting research on new cultivation methods and varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Tour the research farm to learn about current studies on new cultivation methods and varieties of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, quinoa, eggplant and figs.

There will also be a scavenger hunt for children, featuring facts about pollinators.

The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center is representative of a typical New England dairy operation, developing new knowledge and management expertise for the region’s dairy farmers.

It houses about 90 milking-age cows and approximately 70 growing, replacement animals. Included in that number is the 20-cow, student-managed Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) herd.

The Fairchild Dairy Center has been long recognized for its milk and operations. Research at the farm focuses on nutrition for lactating cows and improving the health of calves and heifers.

Visitors can also learn about the relationship between the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) program and UNH Dining. Students grow vegetables year-round, all of which are used in UNH Dining outlets, gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience.

Learn about high-tunnel cropping systems and help taste-test new varieties of cherry tomatoes the students are trying out this year. No reservations are required.

Pre-registration for a tour is required by Friday, Aug. 16. To register, contact Theresa Walker at 603-534-3913 or theresawalker@comcast.net.

Directions to Woodman Farm can be found at colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/woodman-directions. Directions to the Fairchild Dairy are available at colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/fairchild-directions.

Founded in 1887, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire’s land-grant university heritage and mission.