Microlivestock

This emerging enterprise includes honey bees, poultry, and aquaculture species. The honey bees have been a part of the horticulture operation for over a decade. They generate honey while performing pollinating services for fruit and vegetable production. Over the past several years, colonies have been managed without using synthetic or organic pesticides. The breeding stock has been selected based on its capacity to survive without such inputs and currently includes:

  • New World Carniolan,
  • VSH
  • and swarms from local survivor colonies.

Poultry operations (boilers and layers) at the College Farm were re-established following several class projects over the past few years. Two broiler breeds are currently raised free-range on pasture: Heritage Whites and Freedom Rangers. The layers include Barred Plymouth Rock, New Hampshire and similar breeds. Both the whole frozen broilers and eggs are sold to the College Dining Services. They’re also sold to the public through the local farmers market. The aquaculture operation utilizes two former hog waste lagoons. It produces tilapia, catfish and prawns. These species are direct-marketed to the public in the fall.