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The Kenyon Farm welcomes collaboration with faculty members including for research, lectures, tours and providing meeting space. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss and/or schedule time at the farm. Information about the Farm Lecture Series will be available soon.
On-going research at the Kenyon Farm includes thermophilic composting for season extension of leafy green production (Ryn Edwards et al.) and the valuation of small-scale vermiculture with red wiggler and nightcrawler (Ryn Edwards et al.).
TOPICS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PROJECTS & PROPOSALS
• Cost-benefit analysis of four small scale farming components in Ohio: laying hen egg production, mixed vegetable production, ornamental and edible nursery, and cut flower • Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from farms in central Ohio • Evaluating the sustainability of “green burials” versus conventional burials using lifecycle analysis • Egg production in pasture raised and conventionally raised laying hens • Using past climate data to predict corn and bean yields in Knox county Ohio • Payback period and avoided emissions of on-farm solar photovoltaic system • Design and costing of rainwater catchment system for Kenyon Farm • Intersection between food and nature: examining ecological and agricultural needs at field-forest interface
There are many courses at Kenyon College relevant to the study of agriculture, food systems, sustainability and environmental science including:
ANTH 320 Anthropology of Food BIOL 228, 229 Ecology and Ecology Laboratory BIOL 106 Conservation Biology BIOL 115 Energy in Living Systems CHEM 108 Solar Energy CHEM 110 Environmental Chemistry CHEM 121 Introductory Chemistry CHEM 122 Chemical Principles ECON 336 Environmental Economics ECON 342 Economics of Regulation ECON 347 Economics of the Public Sector ENVS 112 Introduction to Environmental Studies ENVS 251 Field Experience: Environmental Outreach ENVS 253 Sustainable Agriculture ENVS 261 Geographic Information Science ENVS 461 Seminar in Environmental Studies RLST 481 Religion and Nature SOCY 233 Sociology of Food SOCY 477Y-478Y Fieldwork: Rural Life