Caf Provides Farm Fresh Food

Students line up to be served at Dickinson's first Farm Fresh Fare dinne, where they at organic food from the Dickinson College Farm.

Matt Atwood '15

Students line up to be served at Dickinson's first Farm Fresh Fare dinne, where they at organic food from the Dickinson College Farm.

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Students had the opportunity to make their own salad and stir fry meals with fresh, organic produce from the college’s farm. on Thursday, September 25. The College hosted its first ever Farm Fresh Fare Dinner in its history. Located in the Holland Union Building, the dinner included a salad and sauté station with mixed veggies, pasta and chicken, as well as three sauces. First-year Rachel Lapp ’18 was very pleased with the dinner, and said, “It was delicious!”

The Dickinson College Farm is located six miles away from campus and spans 50 acres; students can work there as volunteers or employees.

The majority of the farm’s harvest is delivered directly to the college, while the remainder goes towards projects such as the farm’s Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program that provides food for over 130 families. The farm also delivers its produce to Carlisle’s “Farmers On The Square” market, which then transfers the vegetables to Carlisle restaurants and to Project SHARE.

The Farm’s certified organic produce promotes sustainable practices by using renewable, solar energy through two separate, gridded photovoltaic systems.

Dickinson’s Farm Fresh Fare Dinner allowed students to be a part of the sustainable lifestyle that this college promotes. Although many students have already worked on the farm, many still have not had the chance to see where their food comes from. Thus, the Farm Fresh Fare Dinner made it possible for students on campus to become a part of sustainability at Dickinson.

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