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Oxford College farm ranked among nation's best
Daniel Parsons manages the organic farm at Oxford College of Emory University. The farm is ranked No. 17 among college run farms. - photo by Submitted Photo

The organic farm at Oxfrod College of Emory University at Oxford has been named one of the top 20 sustainable, college-run farms in the country.

The development and maintanence of college-run farms has been a trend that has grown throughout the last decade. Last year, Oxford College joined that trend, hiring Daniel Parsons to manage the organic farm in January 2014. Parsons has been named one of the Mother Nature Network's 40 Farmers Under-40 list and is the recipient of the Georgia Organics Land Steward of the Year Award.

The organic farm is more than 11 acres located at 406 Emory Street.

During the last year-and-a-half, the farm at Oxford College has served both the students and the community, seeling to the dining services at Oxford College and Emory University, the Emory Farmers' Market and Community Supported Agriculture shares. 

College value online ranked the top 100 college farms, awarding a one point for 10 acres or less, two points for 11-50 acres and three points for more than 50 acres; one point for being certified organic; one point for an having an animal component; one point for offering academic courses on the farm; one point for selling to the campus dining hall; one point for selling at other areas on campus; one point for hosting a Community Supported Agriculture; and one point for selling off campus.

The Oxford College Farm compiled six points to be ranked No. 17 on the top 100 list.

The top three college farms on, in order, are California State University’s Chico University Farm, Berea College Farm in Kentucky and Case Western Reserve University Farm in Cleveland, Ohio.