COVID-19: Essential Information

The Knoll

The Middlebury College Knoll (part of the Global Food and Food and Farm program) explores food as a medium to cultivate wellbeing in people, place and the planet. 

Our goal is to have people interact in different ways at the Knoll. We have three main program areas: The Educational Garden, the Outdoor Kitchen and the Serenity Garden. These are used by faculty, staff, students, and our local community for classes, research, and events.

  • The Educational Garden serves as a place for students to learn about gardening and agriculture through research and hands-on experiences. We grow food for Midd Dining and each year we contribute about a thousand pounds of produce to our robust local gleaning program coordinated by HOPE, a local non-profit. Students enrolled as in-person learners can join us for Volunteer Hours led by garden staff. Beginning in Fall 2020, students can attend four 2-hour sessions to receive Physical Education Credit. We also support paid internships for current students during spring, summer, and fall.
  • The Outdoor Kitchen is a space to cultivate community. In a typical year, we host pizza nights and help co-host celebrations for campus partners. Interns learn to cook with the wood fired oven and make pizzas with vegetables from our gardens. (Please note that the Pizza Oven is closed for Fall 2020 until further notice.)
  • The Serenity Garden is a plot of land on the western slope of The Knoll. This garden is a collaboration with the Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life. In 2012, His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed a large round marble bench. We also constructed a labyrinth to celebrate 15 years of The Knoll in September 2017. This is a space in progress.

Environmental Affairs oversees The Knoll in collaboration with the Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF) student organization. 

The Knoll promotes awareness of issues surrounding food production and offers instruction and hands-on learning. We also host events, speakers, farm visits, and screenings related to topics in food, agriculture, and food justice.

Check out the intern-run blog!

Visit the Knoll

Per the College's COVID-19 guidance for Spring 2021,  the Knoll section of the TAM and the rest of campus are open only to students enrolled as in-person learners.

Please note, as always, the Knoll operates as a three-season space. No amenities (restrooms, handwashing station, snow removal, driving access, trash receptacles) will be available until the final week of March 2021.

The physical address of the Knoll is 152 Vermont Route 125, Cornwall, VT.

For Spring 2021, we will welcome student volunteers starting (tentatively) 3/29/21. Volunteers must sign up in-advance; more information will be forthcoming as we approach the spring season.

To drive, head west down the hill on College Street (Route 125) for a half-mile. Take a right at the wooden sign for the farm. If you are driving, you can leave your car at the sign and walk the short dirt road to the farm.

To walk, please note the following safe routes to the Knoll.

Please be respectful of our few rules while visiting:

  • Please keep dogs on leashes
  • Stay on paths
  • Leave the harvesting to us
  • Please pack out what you pack in
  • Please wear your mask and abide by all other Campus Health Pledge guidance

Learn more about hosting an event at the Knoll

Please note that we will be hosting a limited number of events for student groups only in Spring 2021 in accordance with all COVID-19 guidance. 

Read the Knoll's statement of commitments to Black Lives Matter in conjunction with a joint statement from Environmental Studies and Environmental Affairs

*Film by Pamela Tanner Boll '78