Beech Hill Farm
College of the Atlantic
    Sustainability & Energy Conservation
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When you enter the Beech Hill Farm property

there are several energy-saving features that are

immediately apparent.  There are two separate solar arrays at the farm. Attached to the farmhouse is a battery-charging station for the electric-powered van that shuttles individuals back and forth from the farm to the college.  A wind turbine is set in middle of one of the fields.  A wood-pellet boiler was installed in the new greenhouse and an air-to-air heat pump was installed in the farmhouse to supplement two propane heaters and a wood stove.  The interest in saving energy at Beech Hill Farm mirrors similar practices that have been introduced at the COA campus in Bar Harbor.

COA has partnered with many sustainable organizations including Healthy Acadia, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and New England Farmers Union.  They have developed sustainable food relationships with Conners Emerson Elementary School, the Mt. Desert Elementary School, and the Island Institute.

Beech Hill Farm has proven to be an excellent resource in the College of the Atlantic’s Sustainable Food System Program.  Studies at the farm have been inter-disciplinary. Various classes such as political science, ecology, botany, history, business, anthropology, chemistry, etc. have benefitted from the work taking place at the farm.   Topics such as agriculture education, conservation, food business, wind and solar technology, food security, ecology, fermentation, food justice, and alternative farming methods have been introduced.



Wood pellet boiler in greenhouse

Wind turbine

Charging station for electric van