College Farm Receives Food Alliance Certification
November 21, 2011
Dickinson’s 50-acre farm program in Boiling Springs has been certified by the Food Alliance, a nonprofit organization that addresses safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals and careful stewardship of ecosystems. Food Alliance certification requires on-site inspection and compliance with rigorous standards, including minimized use of pesticides, soil and water conservation practices and biodiversity and wildlife habitat protection.
“Food Alliance certification proves an operation is on the cutting edge of socially and environmentally responsible farming practices,” said Scott Exo, executive director of Food Alliance. “In partnership with Dickinson, we look forward to increasing awareness about sustainability in food and agriculture through their highly regarded educational offerings.”
The College Farm, which is also USDA Certified Organic, cultivates an agricultural landscape that supports biodiversity, promotes sustainable land management practices and grows healthy food for the Dickinson College community. The farm’s Food Alliance Certified fruits and vegetables are available through their Campus Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, campus dining as well as for sale at Carlisle’s producer-only market, Farmers on the Square.
“Food Alliance certification is a great complement to our organic certification because it covers additional production and land management concerns that are important to Dickinson College,” said Jenn Halpin, director of the Dickinson College Farm, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture.