The Delaware Valley University campus is comprised of over 1,000 acres that operate as living laboratories for our students. Located just north of Philadelphia in Doylestown, PA, our properties include equine facilities, livestock facilities, farming operations, livestock facilities and numerous laboratories.
Septa's Regional Rail service stops on campus for easy access to Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Just west of Doylestown, the Arboretum encompasses 40 acres of our main campus. The Arboretum complements the mission of the University providing a living collection of plants which reflects our faculty’s teaching requirements and serves as a “green resource” for the surrounding community.
After over a year of research, visioning and discussion, the arboretum is entering an exciting period of transformation, repurposing and rebirth. A new dedication to education and learning will guide our efforts as the Henry Schmieder Arboretum evolves into The Learning Gardens.
The Gemmill Center, formerly known as "Five Spruce Farm," comprised of 398 acres, located in Warwick Township, was gifted to Delaware Valley University by the "Warwick Foundation" in November of 2010. There are 150 tillable acres, currently used for field crop production. Various departments utilize the land for laboratory purposes. The livestock departments use the pastures for summer grazing. The six-acre orchard supplies fruit for the farm market and the main campus food service. The main house is used for meetings and retreats.
The Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture serves as the living laboratory space for Delaware Valley University’s new major in Sustainable Agriculture. As such, it will demonstrate a production system built on three principles:
1. Long-term profitability
2. Good stewardship of environmental resources
3. High quality of life for the farmer and community.
It will provide space for student lab projects, class demonstrations, and faculty research. Students will have opportunity to gain practical experience in this diverse atmosphere through school year and summer employment. The community will be invited to observe the various projects, volunteer with garden maintenance, and attend educational programs.
About Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture is fresh innovation for an old way of life. A portion of the Roth Center is dedicated to a hands-on demonstration of farm life circa 1890-1910. Farms in that time period often pursued multiple farming enterprises to increase their profitability and provide for their family’s needs. In the last 100 years, many farms have moved away from that diverse model in favor of the increased production and efficiency provided by specializing in a few crops. However, some farms are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in the marketplace and are turning again to the concept of multi-enterprise farms.
We maintain extensive equine facilities within short walking distance of the residence halls on-campus. The Equestrian Center serves as our training facility where our equine students take riding skills classes, practical management courses, and equine training classes. Our competitive intercollegiate teams also practice at the Equestrian Center during the week and on weekends. The facility is equipped with the following amenities:
- 52 stall barn
- 84 X 280 indoor
- 120 X 90 outdoor
- European horse exerciser
- Cross country fences
- Areas to hack out
- Heated wash stalls
- Equine scale
Our on-campus Sydney J. Markovitz Equine Breeding Center is home to stallions and a broodmare herd, including competitive Standardbred racehorses. The horses and foals are handled daily by students and staff. Working closely with our full time faculty and stable manager, Equine Science and Management students have the opportunity to play an integral role in the daily management of the facility. In alignment with the DelVal commitment to experiential learning, students also actively assist with foaling and breeding procedures. The facility is equipped with the following amenities:
- 24 Stall barn including a 4 stall stallion barn
- Reproductive lab with diagnostic equipment
- Foal monitor alert system (on and off campus access)
- 2-4 stallions, 25 mares, 10-15 foals per season
- 3 large run-out pastures
- 6 turnout pastures
- Collection barn with phantom and tease stall
- Fly prevention system throughout barn