History of the Antioch Farm
After a brief closing in 2008, the College reopened in 2011 with sustainability as a key goal. A large number of new students expressed a deep interest in having a farm to start making a difference in the world through practicing sustainability.
With so much interest in a campus farm, Antioch trustees decided to put institutional support toward founding the Antioch Farm. In 2011, as the first major sustainability initiative of the new College, Antioch formed the farm committee, hired an experienced farm manager and created what is now the current Antioch Farm on South Campus, formerly known as the “Golf Course”.
By 2012, the Antioch Farm was already a working laboratory for student learning and included a small annual garden, compost area, food forest, and chickens. See a student illustration of the Antioch Farm in 2011. The Farm continues to be an integral part of the college.
Meet the Team
The success of the Antioch Farm is credited to and relies upon on our staff, students, volunteers, and supporters.
Kat Christen is the Antioch Farm Manager. Kat has been a commercial grower and educator for ten years focused on small-scale sustainable growing methods. She has developed and taught programs in urban gardens in Dayton, co-founded and operated Smaller Footprint Farm, a CSA and market farm near Yellow Springs, and provided significant leadership to starting and growing the Antioch Farm, which she now manages as an educational resource for the College. She also has a BS in Life Science Education. She is passionate about growing healthy food while preserving ecological integrity and sharing knowledge with others.
Farm Student Workers
Students work on the farm as paid staff throughout the academic year as well as during their co-op term. They participate in every aspect of the Farm to Dining Hall process from planning to seeding to planting to harvesting to transporting to preparing to eating!
Each year 10-15 students work part- or full-time on the Antioch Farm, including in Farm to Table Co-op positions.
The Farm hosts weekly volunteer hours during our growing season. The Antioch Farm is grateful to our student, staff, faculty, and community volunteers. Volunteers have provided over 2,000 volunteer hours since the farm began in 2011.
Farm supporters include alumni, board members, donors and the faculty and staff that serve on the Farm Committee who have made significant efforts to raise awareness and funding to support Farm operations and help to further Antioch College’s mission. Learn more about how to contribute to the Farm.
Current Farm Committee Members
- Nick Boutis, Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute
- Beth Bridgeman, Instructor of Cooperative Education
- Patty Nally, Food Service Coordinator
- David Goodman ‘69, Alumnus, board member
- Kim Landsbergen, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
- Kat Christen, Farm Manager
Who: All ages and skill levels welcome.
When: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. (or until sunset). April through September, weather permitting.
Where: Meet on the Farm.
For more information about the Antioch Farm or to volunteer, call 937-477-8654 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.