Why does Harvard Farm shares its name with the famous American University?
Our On-Site Sales team are offering approximately 150 acres of organic mowing grass at Harvard Farm, Halstock by tender, but how did the farm get its name?
At first glance the name Harvard Farm might not have much meaning, after all it’s just a name, but it is no coincidence that it shares that name with the famous university in Cambridge Massachusetts. Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the USA, was established in 1636 and named after John Harvard its first benefactor.
He was an English minister born in Surrey who inherited a considerable sum from his father and died at the young age of 30 bequeathing half his estate, £780 to a school together with his library of four hundred volumes. In gratitude the school was renamed Harvard.
Harvard Farm above Sutton Bingham outside Halstock was named by another Englishman and benefactor of the university, Thomas Hollis. A man of the Enlightenment and a supporter of the rights of American colonialists he inherited estates in Dorset and went on to name the farms after his heroes and ideals. Several of the farms, Liberty Farm, Marvell Farm, Locke Farm, Springfield Farm and Harvard Farm survive together with field names like Brutus, Cassius, Cicero and Pythagoras.
Approximately 150 acres of organic mowing grass are available by tender, tenders close at 12 noon on Friday 10th April. Find details here , and contact Greg Ridout 07818 517467 or Rachael Holder 07772 310482 for further information.