The farm helps plan, implement and host three major annual events. The Local Food Dinner brings a sold-out crowd of 250 students, faculty, farmers and community members together to celebrate local agriculture.
Every October, Harvest Fest brings boot-stomping, apple cider-pressing fun to the big red barn as over 300 students celebrate the fall harvest with live bluegrass, contra dancing, cider and handmade ice cream from Leo’s in Carlisle.
The third annual “Art on the Farm” took place on September 22nd, 2013. Featuring educational programs, performance art, live painting, sculpture, textile art, pottery throwing, a locally-sourced dinner menu, and an art auction, this event raises funds for two organizations that are dedicated to preserving farm land and sustainable food systems and strengthening our community: Carlisle Arts Learning Center and Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture.
Monthly Homesteading Workshops
Now in its third year, the Dickinson College Farm Sustainability Workshops give community members the opportunity to learn homesteading skills from local experts. Course topics include pasta making, beekeeping, backyard chicken care, gluten free baking, and food preservation.
The farm supported the development of three formal youth education programs: Sustainable Earth Education (SEED); Discover, Grow, Inquire (DIG) and Farm Cook Eat.
SEED is an on-farm education program for area youth that offers a two-hour monthly class to children 5-12 years old. It started as a student research project by Heather Livingston ’13 and continues under the guidance of a student farmer during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The DIG camp, a collaboration between the farm, Center for Sustainability Education and Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, taught youth about local water, renewable energy & sustainable agriculture. Two one-week camp sessions brought two groups of approximately fifteen eager campers to the farm fields and surrounding area. Three Dickinson students (Madison Beehler, Anna McGinn and Elise Minichiello) organized and taught the program.
Farm Cook Eat is a free after-school program that offers Letort Elementary school students the chance to learn age-appropriate skills for preparing delicious and simple dishes using farm-fresh produce.