Student Farmers are the backbone of the Dickinson College Farm, working in groups and independently on farm-based projects.
The College Farm is a diversified program offering opportunities for hands-on experience in sustainable food production, renewable energy, animal husbandry, and lots more. We manage the campus composting program, maintain a thriving stand at Carlisle's weekly farmers' market, grow food for the dining hall and are involved with many community-based projects; from class visits, to educational field days, workshops and public tours. Student farmers can be sure to be involved with all aspects of the farm’s projects!
Student farmers employed at the College Farm are required to work a minimum of 6 hours per week (no more than 10 hours) from Monday through Saturday at a competitive pay rate. The work is fun, outdoors and physically engaging; from herding sheep and planting seedlings to working on construction projects and harvesting crops. The College Farm seeks good-natured students who are ready for hard work, interested in gaining hands-on experience and willing to try to new things!
Dickinson students can apply to work at the farm during the academic year and over the summer. Student farmers are encouraged to follow their interests and manifest their ideas, whether they are related directly to agriculture, food, or even biology, art, business or physics.
The farm employs 15-18 students during the academic year (part time) and 4 students during the summer (full time). The farm also offers an apprenticeship program for recent Dickinson graduates interested in gaining experience in sustainable food production. These full-time positions run from May until November.