The Merry Lea Sustainable Farm is an educational farm that connects people to their food in ways that promote healthy relationships and communities.

About Merry Lea Sustainable Farm

Our #3 nationally-ranked college farm is operated under Goshen College, set within an 100-acre landscape that includes pastures, woods, prairie, wetland, orchards, vegetable gardens and a historic farmstead in Wolf Lake, Indiana.

 

Merry Lea Sustainable Farm strengthens food literacy for students in PreK-12 field trips and collegiate programs, connecting them to food ecosystems as they engage with vegetable gardens, fruit and nut orchards, and livestock. Collegiate students who study, live or work on the farm gain hands-on experience in running a farm while connecting with local stakeholders working in the food system.

The farm is also a resource for the wider community through public programs who want to learn skills in growing and preserving food, and enjoy fun workshops like flower arranging, meeting goats and more.

 

Programs at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm

Collegiate Programs

Interested in learning more about our undergraduate Agroecology Summer Intensive, Sustainable Food Systems major or Master of Arts in Environmental Education programs? Check out the webpage below.

PreK – 12 Programs

Many student groups taste their way through our farm ecosystem to learn about where their food comes from. Learn more about the Exploring Merry Lea Sustainable Farm field trip and sign up.

Public Programs

We host various community events at our farm throughout the year. Topics have included: making goat cheese, making live ferments, seed starting and more. Check out upcoming programs on our Events page.

Farm to Table

We grow a diversity of crops that vary year to year using regenerative and permaculture practices. These crops include traditional vegetables and herbs, heirloom crop varieties, some uncommon grains, orchard trees and more. We raise animals like goats, chickens, and pigs on the farm, integrating them with crop production. 

The farm supplies food to local food pantries, Merry Lea programs, Goshen College dining services and a student Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Check out what we’re currently growing and what animals you can find at our farm:

Get Involved

Short Tours: We are open to visitors every month of the year. If you would like a short tour or to speak with farm staff, advance notice is required. To plan a visit, please fill out this form.

Volunteering: Interested in getting outdoors and some soil under your nails? Volunteers can help on an occasional or frequent basis. Check out this video about one volunteer’s experience.  

Contact Maria Tice to to learn more and get started. Volunteers will need to fill out a form and agree to Goshen College guidelines.

Volunteers can also become a Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) volunteer, and live on site or volunteer on an occasional non-residential basis. Find us on the WWOOF USA website to learn more.

Internships & Paid Crew Members: We have internships for college credit and paid farm crew positions during the growing season, accepted on a competitive basis. Interns typically help plant, tend, harvest, market annual vegetables and herbs, and care for fruit trees and livestock.

For the entire duration of their position, farm crew members receive on-site housing at Merry Lea and farm-fresh vegetables, meat, dairy, and eggs through our student CSA (a combined value of over $2000!).

Paid Positions: Farm crew members can receive an hourly wage. They can also get paid while receiving academic credit if they choose (see below).

College Credit: Students wanting to earn academic credit may enroll in Goshen College’s SUST 408: Merry Lea Farm Internship course. Farm crew are able to register and pay for these credits like any other summer course at Goshen College. One SUST 408 credit is equivalent to 40 hours of work at Merry Lea Farm.

Contact Farm Manager Kaeli Evans at kaelire@goshen.edu for more information.

Research and Collaboration: Students and professionals may conduct research and collect data at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm for their farm-based projects. Goshen College undergraduate and graduate students often participate in research studies, and high school students and collegiate faculty collaborate with us as well.