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Graduate Student Shara Ross discusses her research at the Organic Dairy Research Farm.

The Organic Research Farm at the Burley-Demeritt and Bartlett-Dudley farm properties is operated by the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. 

The farm is located in the community of Lee, about seven miles from the university’s main campus in Durham. The property consists of 300 acres of which roughly 120 are in woodlands, 140 in crops or forage production and 40 in pastures. In addition to the working land base, the current operation includes a milking Jersey herd, step-up four-stall milking parlor, animal, equipment and storage barns, intensive rotational grazing system, numerous wells for water sampling, manure composting wind rows, staff offices and sample processing space.

The farm is managed as an integrated agro-ecosystem which includes all biological, physical and human related components.  As such it offers a platform for research and education across many disciplines. Research priorities are relevant to both organic and conventional farm operations. The included organic dairy operation represents the first of its kind at a land grant university, and is intended to help us explore value-added opportunities for our regional dairy producers.

The Organic Research Farm is a popular destination for field trips by UNH students as well as stakeholder tours.  We are developing experiential learning opportunities that utilize the facility, as part of the college’s new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major.


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