The Helios Project

At Pomfret, even the sun is within your reach.

Started in 2016, The Helios Project is a passive solar aquaponics greenhouse built and managed by students. Named after the Sun god in Greek mythology, Helios serves to inspire and engage the next generation of environmentally literate and socially aware scientists and engineers. Currently, the greenhouse supports student research, and acts as a gateway to collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners. It also supplies fresh vegetables to the dining hall and much-needed produce to local food pantries.

An Advanced Research Lab

At the leading edge of sustainable agriculture, the Helios Project provides an excellent laboratory for hands-on learning and applied research. Superior to any ordinary classroom, Helios caters to biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and engineering.

A Continuous Food Supply

As a source for fresh, organic foods, the Helios Project supplies local soup kitchens and other volunteer organizations with the bounty of our harvest. In addition, it supplies the school with healthy food choices, grown right here on campus. Helios helps feed the community, one seed at a time.

A Greenhouse For Everybody

The Helios greenhouse can grow anything from lettuce to tomatoes to strawberries. Allowing students and supporters to plant seeds and tend the crops together brings the community closer together.