Students and Recent Graduates
In the fields, the Dickinson College Farm is staffed by 15-18 Dickinson College students working part-time during the school year and 5 Dickinson College Students working full-time over the summer months.
From May-October, five recent college graduates help lead farm students through the Apprenticeship program. Apprentices live in solar-powered yurts on the farm and immerse themselves in learning about sustainable agriculture, leadership, and management skills.
The Education and Outreach Coordinator oversees campus programming and youth education programs for the College Farm in a one-year post-graduate position.
The College Farm employs four full-time staff members who guide the mission of the farm as well as everyday operations. For full biographies and more information on the Farm team, visit our blog.
Jenn Halpin, Director
Jenn is the Director of the Dickinson College Farm. After graduating from Providence College, she joined the Peace Corps where she developed her interest in sustainable agriculture while living in West Africa and working with farmers. Jenn provides students with hands-on training in sustainable food production and supports faculty and students with on-going research, class-based collaborations and internships.
Jenn served as the President of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). She is an active member in our regional local food movement and founding member of Farmers on the Square, a vibrant producer-only farmers’ market in Carlisle.
Matt Steiman, Livestock Operations Manager
Matt has been farming organic vegetables since 1993, working on farms in Colorado, California and Minnesota before settling in the Cumberland Valley. For five seasons, Matt managed Fulton Farm at Wilson College where he learned the ropes of running an educational CSA program, and also developed initial experience with renewable energy systems. Matt and Jenn then ran their own farm on rented ground for two seasons before signing on as the full-time farmers at Dickinson College in 2007. In addition to regular farm duties at the Dickinson Farm, Matt supervises equipment maintenance, irrigation, sheep and cattle, and also works extensively with solar energy projects and biodiesel fuel applications for the college.
Will Nelson, Vegetable Production Manager
Will is originally from the Bay Area in California. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration on Sustainability from San Francisco State University in 2013, he spent the past six years immersing myself in the commercial farming world focusing on growing vegetables sustainably. He's been fortunate to participate in every aspect of small-scale agriculture, from seed to sales, on different scales, both rural and urban. Most recently, he was the Farm Manager for a non-profit food hub in Western North Carolina, where he managed the production, packing, and GAP certification of local growers’ produce.