Farm Facts

Director of the College Farm Jen Halpin

Director of the College Farm Jen Halpin

by Carson Koser '15

Since its inauguration in 2007, the College Farm has turned into what managers Jenn Halpin and Matt Steiman call a"true living laboratory." It has become an integral part of not only Dining Services but also an academic space. On any given day you can find Halpin and Steiman busy in the fields or driving the tractors, student workers scattered about performing various tasks and classes using the farm as an outside dimension of the classroom. Here's a closer look at Dickinson's bread basket.  

  • 50 acres
  • 6 miles from campus
  • 60 chickens
  • 1 farm dog (Bella)
  • 1,000 pounds of tomatoes delivered weekly to the Dining Hall during tomato season
  • 24 weeks: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
  • 44 CSA crops per year
  • 10 varieties of tomatoes
  • 2,354 pounds of produce donated to Project SHARE in 2012
  • $1,200 yearly savings in trash-bag expenses for Dining Services
  • 30 kilowatts hours per day produced by the large solar array (enough to power the average home)
  • 1 solar-powered pump house and irrigation system
  • 10 sheep
  • 1 mile away from the Appalachian Trail
  • 26 sub-fields, named a-z
  • 100 American toads caught during spring 2012
  • 12 carrots in a "good-sized bunch" of the farm's legendary carrots
  • 2 tractors
  • 5.25-kilowatt solar array powers the barn
  • 6 pest control hub ponds
  • 75 bluebird boxes in bluebird trail project
  • 1 farm cat (albeit a bit moody)
  • 1 market stand every Friday in the HUB, run solely by student farmers

Learn more about the College Farm.

Published April 13, 2013