The Dickinson College Community Garden is located on the west edge of campus directly across from the baseball field at Dickinson Park. The enclosed garden presently contains 28 raised beds; smaller 4’x10’ beds, or larger 10’x10’ beds for those who are more ambitious. Included in the garden for community use are two water spigots and hoses, a tool shed with tools donated by Ames True Temper, a blueberry patch, strawberry patch and herb garden. Compost from the Dickinson College organic farm, and wood chips from the college arborists are periodically available for use. All community gardeners are responsible for sharing and maintaining these garden assets.
The growing season runs from March 1st to October 31st when all plots need to be “put to bed” for the winter. During the season periodic “All Hands” clean-up days are held in which gardeners are asked to attend to help maintain and keep the community areas weeded and cleaned up. Educational gardening workshops and talks hosted by area Master Gardeners are also presented throughout the season. Most of these events are free, and all are welcome to attend.
The cost of a garden plot is $10 for a small bed for the season, and $20 for a large bed. Because of the popularity of our garden, and the dedication of our gardeners from year to year, we maintain a waiting list for the following season. If you would like to be included on the list, please call Dickinson College Farm at 717-245-1251 with your name, email address, and plot size preference. You will be notified when a plot becomes available.
Our community garden prohibits the use of ALL synthetic chemicals as fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. We ask that you please respect this request as the garden is maintained as an organic garden in keeping with the college’s goals of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Please see “Questions and Answers” on sidebar to help answer any other questions you may have, and to direct you to a number of educational references on vegetable gardening.
The Dickinson College Community Garden is a beautiful place to experience wildlife, the surrounding environment, gardening friendships, and the peace and tranquility that comes from “playing in the dirt.” We hope you join us!