Interested in a plot at the community garden? Contact Ann Dailey at daileyj at!

March Garden Tips from Ann Dailey, Master Gardener and Dickinson College Community Garden Manager

Since 2008, Dickinson College has welcomed residents, College employees and students to lease plots at the Dickinson Community Garden. The Dickinson College Community Garden is an organic garden that is open for use by Dickinson students, faculty and the wider community.

Now in its fourth year, this ½ acre enclosed garden has become an exciting community of dedicated local gardeners and master gardener educators. Thirty-six plots are maintained by 30 gardeners, and this year the completely organic garden will also boast a number of pollinator-friendly flower beds, a community herb garden, and berry beds.  With the help of Cumberland County master gardeners, one of the pollinator beds is being designed to eventually become a certified  Monarch Waystation, filled with native plants to support many of our native pollinator species, and the Monarch butterfly which passes through Carlisle on its migration route to and from Mexico. Master Gardeners also Monarch butterfly  - Photo couresty of Olivia Kittel.conduct educational workshops, demonstrating the latest organic growing techniques and ideas such as crop rotation, attracting pollinators, and alternatives to pesticide use. All programs are free and open to the public. The garden is always open, so please join us anytime to see what is new.

Directions to the Garden for bikers and walkers from campus:

From Cherry and High street head down High Street until you are on Farmers Street. Go down Farmers street and turn left on W South Street and continue until you hit the athletic fields. Enter the Athletic fields and follow the small road. The Dickinson College garden is located behind the athletic fields. For Drivers: Go down High Street until it becomes Shippensburg and Carlisle road. Turn into the former Sylvan Learning Center building on your left. The Dickinson College Garden is located behind the former learning center.

Garden’s parking lot address: 1250 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA


Student Garden, before it became the Dickinson College Farm.The Dickinson Community Garden started out as the “Student Garden”. This program was initiated in 2000 by students interested in experience-based education in sustainable food production. Student gardeners raised crops for sale  at the local farmer’s market and for donation to Project SHARE. On a small plot of land next to the baseball field on the Dickinson campus, they established vegetable beds, an herb plot, a number of berry beds, compost bins, three high tunnels and some cold-frames. The students themselves represented a cross-curricular group of interested young gardeners who brought their various educational experiences, classes, and ideas to the concept of sustainability of which the entire college is a strong advocate. In 2007, the student garden was moved to the Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, where they were able to Dickinson Student Garden, 2000expand their operations and include various other sustainable projects such as renewable energy applications, larger high tunnels, and animal husbandry. With that move, the former student garden space was transformed into the Dickinson College Community Garden. With college support, local community gardeners were invited to participate and maintain the garden by leasing plots of land.