College & University
Phillies Bridge Farm Project partners with our local university as a working farm and 65-acre diverse natural area for study, research, and exploration. Located in the Village of New Paltz, the State University of New York at New Paltz is just five miles north of the farm. Professors and students come to Phillies Bridge Farm from the university’s Schools of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Fine & Performing Arts for course-related experience, study, and research in all disciplines. Examples of previous topics addressed include: the tenets of sustainable agriculture and organically-grown food; environmental sociology; people and environmental relations; ecology; crop planning and business plans for successful sustainable farming; geography of soils, literature and nature, creative writing. In related projects, painters also come to this farm for study and experience in Plein-Air painting and photography.
SUNY-New Paltz students also engage in working at the farm through internships, full-season and summer apprenticeships in farming and education, and in voluntary service.
Saturdays of Service and Make a Difference Day, two service groups of SUNY-New Paltz students, spent full Saturdays learning and working at Phillies Bridge Farm this year, helping with seasonal farm tasks, cleaning and repairing barns and gardens, learning about creating good compost and building compost structures. Phillies Bridge Farm is pleased to be a place for research, learning, and working together with our local university.