SOIL SCIENCE & GARDENING

In 1996, when Hayground's founders purchased a 13-acre potato farm for the site of their new school, one of their first commitments was to restore the soil's natural health and create a small-scale model of sustainable agriculture for the community.  Twenty years later, Hayground's campus hosts three organic gardens, two greenhouses, a heritage-breed chicken coop, a seed-to-table culinary program, and a lively farmer's market. Best of all, our campus has become a living laboratory for one of our planet's most vital resources: soil. Season by season, the Soil Science & Gardening program offers our students a hands-on exploration of: 

  • Soil formation & classification
  • Soil chemistry & microbiology
  • Soil and water conservation
  • The water cycle
  • Climate change
  • Composting
  • Seed science and conservation
  • Organic gardening & horticulture
  • Sustainable agriculture