Dickinson College Farm
the dirt '08

The Dirt 2008

Greetings from the Dickinson College farm! This year has been an eventful one and we are excited to share with you the developments from the farm fields. This year's work and success could not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the student farmers who work and volunteer at the farm. Their enthusiasm is contagious, helping to build campus interest in the farm among both students and faculty. Many thanks to you!

The College farm is in the midst of its second season. The past several weeks have been busy with spring plantings of peas, spinach and other delectable greens. Our farm lambs have also been born, adding a playful spirit to our pastures. The construction of our first greenhouse can now be designated nearly complete with our second greenhouse in mid construction. Fields are being worked up with the tractor, irrigation equipment has been hauled out of barn storage. It feels like spring!

The 2008 season has a lot in store for the farm. Our campus Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program as been filled to capacity by Dickinson faculty and staff. This year we will grow to a 30 share CSA membership, supporting approximately forty families for a 25 week season. Our sales to the Dining Hall started already with mesclun mix and radishes. More is on the way as the farm plans to supply the campus kitchens with fresh produce throughout the summer and fall semester. Likewise, we are gearing up for a stupendous farmers' market season at Carlisle 's new Carlisle Central Farmers' Market, an indoor market dedicated to supporting area farmers! Our beloved Pomfret Farmers' Market will no longer be in business though many of the vendors have transitioned to the new indoor location.

This year the farm has hired two six month interns! The goal of this internship is to target graduating Dickinson Seniors and equip them with hands on experience in farm management, the whole gamut! This year's six month interns will be Maggie Stonecash and Deb Hicks! We are ecstatic about them joining our management team at the farm. They will be living off-the-grid on the farm in yurts that will be solar-powered! Additionally, the farm has hired four currently enrolled Dickinson students for the summer season. These student farmers will be living in the Tree House on campus and assisting with the daily activities at the farm. Rounding out our farm crew this summer is Beatriz Manabe, a Peruvian Masters student in Agricultural Engineering. Beatriz comes to the farm via MESA (the Multi-national Exchange in Sustainable Agriculture) a non-profit organization that helps to pair global students of agriculture with U.S.-based farms. Beatriz brings good energy and a global perspective to our farm!


The 2007-2008 College Farm crew