Higher Education

Do you have students eager to connect their textbook learning to real life applications? Our higher education program aims to provide a hands-on farm experience for college students with a relation to their fields of study. 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.

Please contact us for further information about how we can customize this program to your course or students’ interests.


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Professor Leonard Nevarez with his Sociology class from Vassar College. Dan Gunther led the group.



Phillies Bridge Farm Project partners with our local university as a working farm and 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 departments for course-related experience, study, and research in all disciplines.

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, 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.

Contact us today to learn more!