Spring is still more than three weeks away, but Unity College students have been recently planting seeds that will eventually grow into vegetables to be harvested for the campus dining service as well as for use in the college grounds department’s landscaping.

The work at Half Moon Gardens/McKay Agricultural Research Station is part of the college sustainability program. Half Moon Gardens and its greenhouses were donated to the college in 2013 by Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson, who operated the business commercially for about six years and also made a $1 million donation to cover operating costs for a five-year period.

The farm is used for research as well as to give students practical experience in operating a farm. The complex includes a solar thermal heating system

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