Dickinson’s College Farm is a fifty-acre, USDA-certified organic farm and a living laboratory where students can gain distinctive, hands-on learning experiences.
Student employees, graduate apprentices and volunteers are involved in all aspects of running a production farm with strong educational roots. On-site classes, labs and independent research projects give Dickinson students unique insight into complex mathematics, the role of food in global politics, public art projects, philosophies and more. Students in a wide variety of disciplines learn about renewable energy and sustainable agriculture through workshops and volunteering opportunities
The College Farm provides food to the Dickinson campus and local community. The majority of the harvest is sold to the college Dining Hall, with a significant portion earmarked for the farm’s Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, a May-December produce subscription that feeds more than 135 members and their families.
The farm also sells produce through a bountiful stand at Carlisle’s thriving weekly farmers’ market and donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to a local food bank, Project S.H.A.R.E.
Through youth programs such as Farm, Cook, Eat (FCE), Sustainable Earth Education (SEED) and the hosting of popular annual events such as the Local Food Dinner, Dickinson College Farm serves as a venue for the Dickinson community and its neighbors to experience a holistic approach to land stewardship rooted in management practices that work to sustain the natural environment.
In recent years, the College Farm has shifted its focus to include prepared foods and value added products. As you might imagine, this has helped inspire our newest venture GATHER, our pop-up restaurant!
Find out more about the Dickinson College Farm here.