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!

 Mary Silva

Administrative Assistant

Mary joined the Farm Staff in July 2019 after 10 years with Dickinson College in the Student Life Department as the Senate Bookkeeper. In administering support to CSA, GATHER events, Gift Box sales, meeting set ups, farm finances and general office details, she is amazed by the multitude of activities and is thrilled to be part of this vibrant farm team. Mary is a native of Carlisle who loves the outdoors, traveling, league tennis and spending time with her family. Being “Mom” to her four grown children is her favorite past time.

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 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 in the Cumberland Valley, reading, and hanging out with friends.  

Vanessa Ryan

Second-Year Apprentice

Vanessa is the second-year apprentice on the Farm and is looking forward to another fun season of learning and growing. Although she is originally from Massachusetts, she graduated in May 2019 from Fordham University with majors in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, as well as a Spanish minor. Her lifelong passion for cooking coupled with her time in Environmental Studies courses sparked a desire to change the nation’s food system to one that is healthier for the Earth and for the people. In addition to working with plants and animals, Vanessa enjoys hiking, reading, weightlifting, playing rugby, and listening to podcasts.

Bella

Pest Control Coordinator and Farm Mascot

Bella smiling. Photo courtesty of Olivia Kittel. 

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Baya (Bella) the beloved farm dog this past Friday after a short battle with aggressive skin cancer. She was otherwise a dignified happy dog until the end – doing her animal chores and taking long walks with her people even in her final week.

Baya was buried on the farm in a pretty spot, with a mountain view overlooking the livestock pastures where she loved to work. Thanks to all who loved Baya and made the farm a happy place for her over the past eight years. Baya set a great example for all of us. Love your puppies and your people and live life to the fullest.