The Dirt

Spring 2005 Articles

- Community Celebration Dinner
- The Garden Becomes a Farm
- Compost in the Cafeteria
- History of the Garden
- Harvest Fest
- Wonders of Raw Milk
- Poetry Corner
- Corporate Organic
- A Gardener's Journal
- Worm Compost Cartoon
- Interning at the Garden
- Companion Planting
- Photo Essay
- Meet the Gardeners
- Agriculture in Cuba
- Garden Survey
- Thanks to...

Community Celebration Dinner

By Jack Seitz

On April 17, the Dickinson College Student Garden hosted its first annual, "Community Celebration Dinner!" Student, faculty, staff, and members of the Carlisle Community attended an evening of good, clean, local fun. The dinner's purpose was to bring together people from the local area to raise awareness of, and enjoy all the great things that are done locally. Local food was be the centerpiece of the evening; however, local musicians and artisans were also be present showing off their talents.

As the world becomes more globally integrated, it is worth remembering that good things happen close to home too. Although economics of scale make it possible for us to eat grapes from Chile in December, this process involves the consumption of large amounts of non-renewable resources. The purpose of the dinner was to make people aware that the key to sustainable growth is strong local economies and communities.

The dinner was capped off with a speech by Kim Tait, owner of Tait Farm and an active participant in both the sustainable agriculture and slow food movements. The College Garden crew and friends of the garden feel that in an age when globalization creates unsustainable growth, it is our job to look for ways of creating sustainable growth, both economically, and socially. We're excited that the dinner was such a success. We thank all of you who got a chance to enjoy the festivities. The Garden becomes a Farm!

Where is the garden, anyway?

From Britton Plaza: Take a right (heading west) on High St. Pass the Kline, Massey's, the Carlisle Diner, and Dickinson Park. Take a left into the Sylvan Learning Center parking lot. Walk down the hill. Welcome to the garden!