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Welcome to Seminary Hill Farm

Sustainability. Organic farming. Eco-theology. Food justice. A new vocabulary reflects a growing sense among theological students that their life’s work will require a commitment to preserving, nurturing and sharing the earth’s bountiful gifts.
For those students and those they’re preparing to serve, for Greater Columbus and the fragile planet of which it’s a part, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has founded Seminary Hill Farm – a place of theology, ecology and good food for all.

At MTSO, we’re blessed with a campus and an ethos uniquely suited to the establishment of an organic farm. The school occupies 80 acres, rising on a hillside above the banks of the Olentangy River. Seminary Hill Farm sits on a growing portion of that land, covering several open fields and two 96-foot hoophouses that extend the planting and harvesting seasons.

MTSO’s students, faculty and staff share a commitment to a just and sustainable world.

Two of our master’s programs offer ecology-focused specializations, and sustainability infuses our daily living on campus. The class of 2014 has contributed to the purchase of a windmill to irrigate our fruit orchard. We even have water fountains designed to easily fill reusable – rather than disposable – bottles.

The farm extends our focus on sustainability.

In MTSO’s Dunn Dining Hall, cans of processed food are being replaced by a dazzling bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested steps away from the kitchen door. As the farm matures, all produce served in the dining hall will be campus-grown. We share meals prepared by culinary experts committed to serving nutritious, USDA-certified organic food that tastes delicious and looks beautiful.

The benefits of Seminary Hill Farm reach well beyond the campus.

Too often, organic, locally sourced produce is available disproportionately to people of means. MTSO will use its location on the edge of a big city to reach out to partners who can help make fresh, healthful food available to those who rarely get to enjoy it.

The farm gives us the means to model best practices.

Many of our students will serve churches or other organizations with unused land available for community gardening. All of them will benefit from a deeper understanding of the value and frailty of our ecosystem. They will graduate from MTSO with both an academic grounding in eco-theology and a practical sense of how sustainable living can be successfully practiced every day.

Here are more resources.

  • Would you like to participate in Community Supported Agriculture? Sign up today to become a Summer Share member. Get fresh produce from Seminary Hill Farm every Thursday for 12 weeks. The first pickup is July 10.
  • Considering graduate theological school? We’d love to have you visit MTSO. Contact our Admissions Office at admissions@mtso.edu or 800-333-6876 to arrange a tour that includes our farm and a chance to enjoy some of our delicious food.
  • Media member? We’re happy to arrange interviews regarding Seminary Hill Farm and provide high-resolution photos. Please contact Communications Director Danny Russell at drussell@mtso.edu or 740-362-3322.
  • Visit the farm’s page on Facebook. We’ll have the latest updates there.
  • Curious about what we’re growing? Here’s our seed list.
  • Wondering how you can contribute? If you’re among those who are energized by our work and wish to financially support the school or help make seminary more affordable for students, visit our giving page or call our Advancement Office at 740-362-3130.
  • Seminary Hill Farm is part of MTSO’s Sustainability and Land Initiative. We’re happy to share our internal document, “Educational Dimensions of the Sustainability and Land Initiative.”
  • Learn more about MTSO in this three-minute video.