Food & Farm at Dickinson
Dickinson Students and Staff Grow Food for Our Dining Services Program
Dickinson is aggressively working to accurately calculate what percentage of the food served in Dickinson’s Dining Services Program is grown or processed within 250 miles of campus or is certified-organic. A significant portion of the food is grown by our students at the 50-acre Dickinson College Organic Farm. Vegetarian options are available at all meals in the dining halls, vegan and Kosher meals are served at the KOVE, and organic produce and grass-fed meats from the Dickinson College Organic Farm and other local farms are featured at several special events during the year.
Check out this student-produced video entitled Students DictATE It. This film was created as a project for an Environmental Studies course entitled The Pleasure, Politics, and Production of Food offered in Fall 2012.
The Dickinson College Organic Farm serves as a focal point of the college that promotes critical thinking about where, how and by whom our food is grown, how it is processed and distributed, and what are the environmental, social, economic and health consequences of our food system and individual choices. The farm offers a rich variety of programs for students and inhabitants of Cumberland County to learn about sustainable, healthy food and farming.
The farm is managed without the use of synthetic chemicals. Advanced organic farming methods -soil enhancement with composted food waste from the college dining hall, integration of livestock, and creation and protection of natural habitat- are significant contributors to growing healthy food for the campus and community, while assisting in the building of healthy soils, protecting local waterways, and supporting native pollinators, insect predators, bluebirds and other wildlife.