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Dickinson College Farm is a Destination During South Mountain Outdoors Festival
(Carlisle, Pa.) – This Labor Day weekend, the Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs will serve as a Cumberland County destination for the South Mountain Outdoors (SMO) 2013 festival, a celebration of the outdoors.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m., farm staff and students will host a free one-hour guided tour of the 50-acre, USDA-Certified organic farm, including its vegetable-production and animal-pasture acreage and the farm’s sustainable energy technologies. The tour is open to the public and pre-registration by August 30th is encouraged.
South Mountain Outdoors, organized by the South Mountain Partnership, is a weekend-long celebration of outdoor recreation, natural resources, cultural destinations and place-based businesses that give the South Mountain region its unique sense of place and quality of life. For more information about the South Mountain Outdoors 2013 festival, including a list of all participating sites and an interactive map, visit http://southmountainoutdoors.blogspot.com. To pre-register, visit http://smo2013.brownpapertickets.com/. For more information, call 717-245-1969.
Located just six miles from campus, the Dickinson College Farm has more than 15 acres of vegetable production ground and 18 acres of animal pasture. The harvest is delivered to the campus dining hall, sold at the Carlisle Farmers on the Square, donated to Project S.H.A.R.E.—a local food bank—and distributed via a Campus Supported Agriculture program that feeds more than 130 families. Students assist with all aspects of food production and the farm supports the academic interests of students and faculty, promotes renewable energy through solar applications and builds a greater awareness among the college community about how food is generated using techniques that help sustain natural ecosystems.
The South Mountain Partnership is an alliance of citizens, nonprofit organizations, businesses, academic institutions, and local, state and federal government officials and agencies working to protect, preserve and enhance the South Mountain landscape in south-central Pennsylvania.