About Our Farm
Fulton Farm is an integral part of the Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living at Wilson College. Located on 100 acres on Wilson’s campus, the farm uses about five acres for food production. The remaining land is in forest, pasture and riparian border. The scenic Conococheague Creek flows through the farm. The property also contains two historic buildings: an 18th-century farmhouse and a 19th-century bank barn.
Though the farm is not certified organic, we subscribe to certified naturally grown practices (www.naturallygrown.org). Fertility is achieved through green manures, composted food waste from the college dining hall and horse manure from the college stables. Insects are controlled via beneficial insects, barriers, the occasional organic pesticide and other natural controls. Weeds are addressed by mechanical cultivation, cover cropping and intensive hand cultivation.
While we grow just about every vegetable it is possible to raise here in Pennsylvania, plus a few fruits, we focus on high-quality staple vegetables mixed with specialty crops and cut flowers. Produce is primarily sold through our approximately 100-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We also market to the college dining hall and our hometown farmers market. For tillage, the farm uses small tractors, a rototiller and a good deal of minimal impact hand work. We seek to demonstrate a combination of labor-efficient and low-tech sustainable farming practices. By using a variety of season extension techniques that include two high tunnels, a hot bed, cold frame and a hoop house, we produce vegetables from May through November.
We actively practice methods of sustainable agriculture and local food distribution. Further, we are interested in building our community at many levels. Our commitment to ongoing education includes ties to Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and several other local agencies and organizations.
Additional and related projects on the farm include solar and wind energy projects and displays, large-scale composting and ongoing conservation efforts with a constructed wetland and an interpretive trail.
Wilson College, located in historic Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a small, liberal arts college with a progressive program in environmental science. The College is approximately two hours from Washington, D.C., one hour from Harrisburg, three hours from Pittsburgh and three hours from Philadelphia. Recreational opportunities abound in the area, include hiking, caving, swimming and climbing in several state parks located within a 30-mile radius. There are canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities on the Conococheague Creek and other nearby waterways.