Academics

The Farm has been used for a variety of academic purposes since its founding. Scroll down for more information on courses taught at the Farm and student theses with Farm connections!

Food, Land, and the Environment

This Environmental Analysis course, taught by Professor Rick Hazlett, has been a spring mainstay at the Farm since its inception in 2006. Always popular with students from around the 5Cs, it combines a weekly lecture with hands-on activities at the Farm. Students tend plots of their own, learn about beekeeping and fruit tree pruning from local experts, and work on their own independent projects.

Other Courses Taught at the Farm

In the 2013-14 school year, courses that have used the Farm include an English senior seminar, Principles of Soil Science, Mixed Media/Sculpture, Mathematical Modeling (Greenhouse Temperature Report), Religious Studies, and Intro Geology. In addition, the Farm was proud to host a Theater Department production of The Rimers of Eldritch.

Other courses that have used the Farm as an academic resource in the past have included Politics of Community Design, Global Politics of Food and Agriculture, Global Politics of Water, Environmental Studies, and courses in the Classics, Sociology, and Biology departments.

If you are interested in using the Farm for academic purposes, please contact the Farm Manager.

Introduction to Organic Farming Independent Study

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Students read the results of a test on soil and compost chemistry during a group independent study in fall 2013.

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The Introduction to Organic Farming independent study tended two plots that were prepared with different tillage methods.

In fall 2013, a group of six students did an independent study, “Introduction to Organic Farming,” at the Farm. Each week, they did a different hands-on exploration of a topic in organic farming such as tillage, weed management, insects, pruning, and irrigation.

 

 

 

Students also did independent final projects on topics of their choice (see below). Projects included testing the effectiveness of mycorrhizae (beneficial fungi) innoculation on pea growth, building a hoop house, designing a native herb garden, investigation the differences between industrial and sustainable agriculture, and comparing a commercial fertilizer with compost.

Click on a title below to read students’ independent projects!

Student Theses with Farm Connections

Here is a list of student theses from recent years that have related to the Farm:

Schmidt, J., 2013, Farming: It’s Not Just for Farmers Anymore: Agricultural Education in the Liberal Arts

Long, A., 2012, A Guide to the Pomona College Organic Farm: An Introduction to the Farm’s History and Basic Gardening Skills and Techniques

Behr, J., 2010, Chickens in the City: How Urban Husbandry Can Save Animals, Humans, and the Planet They Share

Lara-Arredondo, G., 2010, From Sewers to Composting Toilets: The Key to Closing the Nutrient Cycle?

Lewis, S., 2010, Cultivating Youth Earth Connections Summer Internship Program (YEC): A Hand-on Environmental Justice Focused Farming Program at the High School Level

Lopez, K., 2009, Natural Medicine: Personal Responsibility and Self-Empowerment

Graff., K., 2009, Soil Chemistry and Metal Pollution at the Pomona Organic Farm

Comet, A., 2009, Reviving the Foodshed: The Historical Foundations of a Sustainable Food Culture in Claremont, CA

Meyer, S., 2009, Time to Get Real: A Food Assessment of Dining at Pomona College

Press. M., 2006, Growing a Better Food System, An Analysis of the Impact of California School Gardens on the Sustainable Food and Food Security Movements

Fields, C., 2006, Utopianism in the Discourse of Sustainable Agriculture: Re-envisioning

Koelle, H., 2003, Exploring Environmental Lifestyle Changes at the Claremont Colleges

Bingham, K., 2001, Weed Tales: An Exploration of a Small Piece of Land in Claremont, California