Farm use policy

We welcome the use of the Nicholls farm by researchers, educators, students and community members for activities consistent with our stated educational and research missions. 

To visit the Nicholls Farm for an approved activity, interested parties must sign and submit the Farm Use Waiver (linked here) prior to their visit.  The completed document must be submitted to the Farm Manager. 

For parties that wish to use the farm for their own research, outreach, or educational purposes, it is required that they not only obtain permission and sign the waiver, but also post their activities on the Farm Calendar (described more below).

Once approved, all farm visitors and users should conduct themselves in a manner courteous to others and should stay clear of research plots, buildings, and research equipment (unless authorized to use them).  Use of firearms is not permitted. Also not permitted are any unapproved activities or those that are inconsistent with the broader mission of Nicholls State University.  Dogs are welcome to accompany permitted visitors, but pets must be on a leash when near building or gatherings of people; owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

Please note: the farm is not open to the public nor is it open to Nicholls students who are not currently engaged with an approved farm activity. 


BUILDINGS: The only indoor meeting space currently available is the Sugar Lab, with meeting capacity of about 30 people.  This space has electricity, bathrooms, refrigerator, microwave, multiple sinks, lab benches and seats.  On the property there are also two greenhouses, several shade houses, and a large barn for storage of equipment.  Water faucets are available near many of the cultivated plots for irrigation.

GROUNDS: The farm is divided into several sections of fields, pastures, and ponds, some of which are currently in use for plant propagation and research by Nicholls faculty and collaborators.  There are several small canals on the property, where fish, birds and other aquatic wildlife can be observed.  The property also contains some small patches of swamp and older growth forest near the canals, as well as large tracts of early successional wet forests dominated by black willow trees. 

For a printable version of the policy, click the link