Last Barn on Campus Moving to Agricultural Learning Center

The horse barn

The university’s 1894 horse barn on Grinnell Way–the last barn on the main campus–is being dismantled and moved to a new foundation on North Pleasant Street, where it will become part of the Agricultural Learning Center on the former Wysocki Farm.

Last used by the UMass Police Department for its mounted patrol more than a decade ago, the Queen Anne style structure will find new life supporting student agricultural activities.

The university will keep as much as possible of the original post-and-beam structure of the barn and some horse stalls, but residue from lead paint makes the wood clapboards unsalvageable.

The reconstruction is expected to be completed by mid-November.

To retain the exterior appearance from 1894, windows and doors will be replicated to original measurements, and the new roof will be metal, as was the original.

The building will remain strictly a barn, with limited utilities, although it will have a heated, handicapped-accessible bathroom.

Amanda Brown, who directs the Student Farming Enterprise program, said students will use the barn to process the approximately 75,000 pounds of food produced by the farm each year.

“The barn will allow our students to get exposure to industry-standard equipment used for washing and packing vegetable crops.” she said.

Most of the food goes to the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, while some is sold to UMass dining and to local BigY supermarkets.