Farm Crew

Jenn Halpin,

Director of the College Farm

 

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. As the farm manager, 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 and Special Projects 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 himself 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.

He enjoys every aspect of food production and when he’s not farming, he enjoys hunting, fishing, preserving and fermenting food, cooking and spending time in the outdoors with his family.

 Jenn Wolf

Packing House Coordinator

Jenn Wolf
Jenn Wolf joins us as Packing House Coordinator after starting at the farm in June as Packing House Assistant. Jenn is a Carlisle native who grew up learning about farming and the importance of growing one’s own food. She has a passion for baking, canning, and preserving foods, which the farm has already benefited from greatly!

Jenn also enjoys an active lifestyle and being outdoors. The farm is grateful for Jenn’s good energy and hard work. We know you will enjoy getting to know her!

Emma Weaver

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Emma Weaver is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the College Farm. Originally, from Arlington Virginia, Emma is thrilled to be spending another year in Carlisle. Emma graduated from Dickinson in 2019 as an Environmental Studies major and with a sociology minor. On campus she lived in the Treehouse and was the Media Intern at the Center for Sustainability Education. This is Emma’s first position at the Dickinson College Farm and she is excited to be a part of the farm community, learn more about sustainable agriculture, and help promote the farm’s mission on campus and in Carlisle. In her free time Emma enjoys biking the Cumberland Valley, reading, and hanging out with friends.  

 

 

Kelsey Horowitz

Second-Year Apprentice

Kelsey is the second year apprentice for the Dickinson College Farm for the 2019 season. She graduated from Dickinson College in May 2018 with a degree in Environmental Studies. After completing the first year apprenticeship at the Dickinson College Farm in November, she is excited to be back on the farm team for another year! Although she has no prior farming experience, she has learned quickly and has loved the various aspects of farming and is looking forward to a career related to sustainable food systems.

In her free time she enjoys knitting, running, hiking and hanging out with cats!

Bella

Pest Control Coordinator and Farm Mascot

Bella smiling. Photo courtesty of Olivia Kittel. 

Bella (pronounced “BAY-ah”) is the farm’s much-loved mascot. She performs the very important duties of chasing away – or eating! – rodents and groundhogs. She loves to follow the student workers around the farm and is always down for a game of fetch, a tug-of-war match, or a ride on our Solar Wheeler. Learn more about Bella in her Staff Spotlight!