Farm & Kitchen

Live and Learn on 350 Organic Acres!

At Olney, we are developing organic farming practices to grow healthy food for our community in sustainable ways. We strive to improve soil fertility and health while also improving our students’ health. We use the farm as a way to teach our students to become healthy food consumers and informed community leaders. As part of their Olney experience, students gain an awareness of the importance and complexity of a healthy sustainable food system.

Farm-to-Table Meals

Because of Olney’s location and history, the easiest part of eating locally is growing the food. A major goal at the school is, and has been, raising most of our food. Considerable efforts have been taken in recent years to add the equipment, storage, and staff needed to transform raw product into a delicious meal in a way that is efficient and meets Health Department requirements.

Students regularly enjoy our fresh vegetables, free-range eggs, broiler chickens and farm-raised beef during the three on-campus meals served each day. For students with dietary restrictions, vegetarian options are made available at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack with vegan and gluten-free options available as needed.

USDA Organic Certified Campus

In 2015, Olney’s 350-acre campus was issued certified organic status by the USDA. We are one of less than 10 high school campuses in the country to receive this credential and are certified to produce nearly two dozen crops and livestock organically — by far the most of any school farm in the United States!

Olney’s commitment to local, sustainable and organic agriculture allows us to provide healthy, nutritious meal options with items from our local food system. Much of the produce and livestock consumed on campus comes from our very own farm, with even more coming from within a few mile radius of campus.

Farm Team

Offered as a sports-block option for students who enjoy the physical demands of raising livestock and crops, Olney’s Farm Team is divided into two sections: Animal Farm Team and Vegetable Farm Team

Animal Farm Team plays a vital role in the school’s management of cattle, goats, pigs and organic, cage-free chickens. Students in Vegetable Farm Team help prepare the many crops that are served at our three daily meals. They also receive a unique, hands-on education that allows them to experience the entire life cycle of the crops, from preparation and planting to harvesting and meal production.

The Farm to Table program comes full circle for many Olney students who participate on Farm Team, however, as they not only consume the food, but also play an integral role in growing, harvesting and raising many of our crops and livestock.

Olney Kitchen Menu

To balance academics and extracurriculars, Olney students are provided three tasty, nutrient-rich meals each day. They begin with a healthy breakfast, then a hearty lunch, finishing the day with a delicious dinner. We also have a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other munchables available throughout the day in our Snack Window.

Meal time at Olney is one of many opportunities to bring our learning community together, and most of our students appreciate knowing their food was grown or raised on or within walking distance of our kitchen. Even our cows and calves eat organic hay that is produced on campus!

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  • 25
    25.April.Monday

    First Goat Kids are Due

    All day
    Mon, Apr 2016
    Our goats are scheduled to begin having young ones, if mother nature follows a precise calendar.  
  • 26
    26.April.Tuesday
    No events
  • 27
    27.April.Wednesday

    Ohio Envirothon

    All day
    Wed, Apr 2016
    On Wednesday, April 27th, Olney will send two teams of five to a high school competition testing knowledge of wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry, and soils. This year's theme is invasive species.
  • 28
    28.April.Thursday
    No events
  • 29
    29.April.Friday

    Community Morning

    8:45 am-12:40 pm
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Olney Friends School, 61830 Sandy Ridge Road, Barnesville, OH 43713, United States
    8:45-9:45 am: Faculty Meeting, Self-Gov9:45-10:45 am: Community Meeting followed by All-School Sing10:45 am-12:00 pm: All-School Project 

    Poetry Slam 2016

    8:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Poetry Slam is an annual tradition at Olney Friends School. Each year, students and faculty perform some of their favorite poetic works. This year's event takes place on Friday, April 29th.
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    30.April.Saturday
    No events
  • 01
    01.May.Sunday
    No events

Olney Friends School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school offering individualized instruction in small class settings for grades 9-12.

Phone: 740-425-3655

Fax: 740-359-4015

The Main Office is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. till about 10:00 p.m. when school is in session. The administrator on call is available for emergencies 24 hours a day during the school year at 740-359-4015.

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