Organic Research Land

CFAES has over 80 acres of certified organic land available to conduct organic research at the Wooster campus.  When not actively involved in research, fields are maintained in four or five year rotations by a dedicated organic farm manager and farm staff.  The organic program has its own dedicated equipment devoted to organic production, as well as 3400 bu of dedicated grain storage for organic crops.

West and East Badger Farms  

West and East Badger Farms house the agronomic crop studies and include about 57 acres of organic land.  The farms are located on opposite sides of Apple Creek Road between Apple Creek and Wooster. West Badger Farm is the site of a decommissioned swine unit. As a result of years of swine manure application, P and K levels are high in some fields. 

Cultivating soybeans Organic corn Fall cultivation



Soil balancing research Kernza (a perennial wheat) research Cover crop mix


Fry Farm

Fry Farm, located off Oil City Road between US 250 and Secrest Roads near Wooster, encompasses nearly ten acres of certified organic land for organic vegetable systems research.

Organic squash Organic oat variety trial Corn amendment trial


Horticultural Farm Unit 1

Organic vegetable production was initiated at Hort Unit 1 when four permanent high tunnel structures were constructed on this one acre site for use in organic vegetable research.

Aerial view of Hort Unit 1 Organic lettuce in raised beds in high tunnel Students hoeing organic popcorn


North Central Agricultural Research Station

The North Central Agricultural Research Station is located west of Fremont in Sandusky County in the central Lake Erie plains.  Five acres of this land is currently being transitioned to certified organic production.  

Organic research plots Finger weeder Transitional organic research plots



John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research, Agriculture Incubator Foundation

Over 25 acres of land were allocated to sustainable agriculture at this site in northwestern Ohio. The site has been used to establish larger field plots that can be managed using farm-scale equipment as opposed to the smaller research plots that are often necessitated at the other research stations.

Sign at John Hirzel site in Bowling Green Organic corn & small grain fields Field day at Hirzel site