The aquaponics lab houses a large 1,500-gallon commercial style freshwater aquaponics system, a smaller freshwater aquaponics system linked to hydroponics system, fish breading facilities and a number of 20-gallon tanks. Current research studies include sustainably-raised Rainbow Trout.
There are three polytunnels on campus. The solar tunnel is drip irrigated and heated in the winter to maintain growing temperatures. Half the tunnel is set out for growth in trays with mist irrigation, ideal for seed trials.
Eden Hall's "no-spray" apple orchard is over 100 years old, and is being studied for cider production.
Several systems at Eden Hall gather continuous data that faculty access and utilize for research. A fully automatic weather station, and automatic soil moisture probes located across the watersheds give feedback on conditions 24/7.
The on-site water recycling system generates flow rates and data on acidity, oxygen levels and conductivity.
WOODLANDS, STREAMS AND WATERSHEDS
At Eden Hall there are over 200 acres of woodland, split between two head-water streams, Glad Run and Breakneck Creek. Within the woods over five miles of trails are being developed, as well as a number of newly established deer exclusion areas, and two wetland areas.
All the solar arrays at Eden Hall generate data on electricity generation. Some of the panels are wired into the grid and sell electricity back to Duquesne Light.
COMMUNITY BREAD OVEN
In conjunction with the missions and goals of CRAFT, the Eden Hall Bread Oven will be a focal point of the Eden Hall Campus, showcasing the importance of baking and breaking bread within a community.
The oven is a gathering place for students, staff, and community members, creating a meaningful space for community engagement at the Eden Hall Campus.
Eden Hall Campus encompasses a certified organic farm, demonstration garden, and greenhouses (one heated year-round by solar-thermal panels). Faculty and students demonstrate regional sustainable agricultural practices and produce food for the campus. Initiatives include nutrient recycling and soil building from compost; aquaponics; mushroom farming; and edible landscaping.
Eden Hall has a small half-acre experimental agroecology garden for small scale trials, and a five-acre deer-excluded growing field, suitable for larger trials. There are also 20-30 acres of fallow land, from meadow through to encroaching scrub.
ARCHIVAL AND HISTORICAL INFORMATION
The library houses an extensive collection of archival material including photographs and documents on Eden Hall. An oral history project is also underway.
WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
An example of ecological engineering, the campus has its own biological water treatment system, capable of treating 6,000 gallons of water a day. Data is collected on flow rates, dissolved oxygen, pH level and temperature.
In the old lodge, we have a fully equipped commercial teaching kitchen and associated dining area.