People typically think of scientists working away at their lab benches. But many scientists work in the field. For agricultural scientists, research farms are often their laboratories, and they also double as classroom and outreach demonstration facilities. As a land-grant university, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst has a long history of supporting agriculture within the Commonwealth. The UMass Farms once centered at the UMass (Mass Aggie) campus have moved to outlying areas as the campus grew in size to 30,000+ students now at the flagship UMass Amherst Campus. The farms cover the broad agricultural commodities found in Massachusetts and New England and are supported by State, Federal appropriated funds and grants and grants from the private sector.
Experimental Farms (totaling over 620 acres)
- Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center
- Crop and Animal Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield
- Equine and Livestock Research and and Education Farm (The Hadley Farm)
- Joseph Troll Turf Research Center
- UMass Cranberry Station