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The Different Properties You’ll Find at DelVal

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Posted on September 15, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

The Delaware Valley University campus is home to numerous academic buildings and residence halls that promote higher learning and comfortable space to further students’ educations. But the area around DelVal’s academic and student buildings is surrounded by other DelVal properties that promote learning beyond the classroom.

At DelVal, you’ll find a university that extends far beyond want you would expect from a standard collegiate campus. Situated in the Doylestown community, DelVal properties provide students with ample opportunities to broaden their educational horizons. Read on to learn about the different properties you’ll find at DelVal.

Henry Schmieder Arboretum
The Henry Schmieder Arboretum is a historic 40-acre plot of land just west of Doylestown. When DelVal was founded in 1856, the Learning Gardens were built alongside the campus as a beautiful and resourceful addition. Today, they’re an eclectic group of living plants that support a greener resource for the surrounding community, provide a relaxing get away from the hustle and bustle of college academics and pair well with DelVal’s efforts to build a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world. 

Gemmill Campus
Off the DelVal campus in nearby by Warwick Township, DelVal students can find the Gemmill Campus, formerly known as Five Spruce Farm. Gifted to DelVal in 2010 by the Warwick Foundation, the Gemmill Campus is 398 acres of land with 150 tillable acres that are used for field crop production. 

Several programs and departments at DelVal use the Gemmill Campus fields as laboratories for their studies and experiments. The main house located there is a common meeting and retreating location; the fresh fruit that’s grown in the orchard supplies the local farm market; and the main campus foodservice and the acres of pasture are utilized by the livestock departments for summer grazing.

Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture

One of the new majors at DelVal is sustainable agriculture. Students in this program will frequently use the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture as their living laboratory space to enrich their minds. The center is dedicate to showing our students how they can achieve long-term profitability through a production system, teaching good stewardship of environmental resources and demonstrating high quality of life for the farmer and the community for which the farmer provides food.

While DelVal is dedicated to providing a stable learning environment for our students on campus, with a number of surrounding properties, those earning a degree from DelVal have multiple alternative outlets to learn beyond the classroom, including studying the different flowers growing in the century-old Henry Schmieder Arboretum, gaining a better understanding of field crop production and livestock grazing habits at the Gemmill Campus and learning how to develop production systems that are environmentally friendly and benefit the community at the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

You have the opportunity to learn more about the DelVal properties and how they can benefit you when you schedule a campus visit