Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
Since 1997, the Bard College Community Garden has been a haven for agricultural enthusiasts from Bard and beyond. People gather in the circular garden for weekly potlucks and work parties during the growing season and help to maintain its fruit, vegetable, and flower crops. The student-initiated Bard Farm, established in 2012, is located behind Ward Manor on the North Campus. The 1.5-acre farm allows students to grow food in ways that are ecologically sound, demonstrate the methodologies for sustainable food production, and be responsive to the latest scientific and agricultural practices for growing substantial crops.