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SEED Spring 2014 Poster

The Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs will host a variety of educational workshops this spring for children ages 5-12. Through fun, hands-on activities directed by Dickinson students, children will explore a sustainable farm and learn how nourishing food moves from seed to soil to table. Suggested donation is $8 per child and pre-registration is encouraged. Donations will be collected via a donation jar available at each event. It is asked that cancellations be given at least 24 hours before each event so that wait list members can be notified of openings.

Parents are welcome to participate, observe, take a self-guided tour of the farm or take a short drive into beautiful Boiling Springs. At the end of the program, children are invited to show parents what they’ve learned around the farm.

Registration opens one month before each workshop. Registration links will be posted below. Follow the Dickinson College Farm on Facebook or Twitter to receive registration alerts.

Additional questions? E-mail  capaldie at dickinson.edu or call 717-245-1969


Spring 2014 SEED Programs

Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated due to limited space. All children who would like to attend (including siblings) must be pre-registered.

The Art of the Farm
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
10am-noon
Suggested ages 5-9

$8 suggested donation - pre-registration required

Register: http://artfarm.brownpapertickets.com/

Students will get the opportunity to explore the various parts of the Dickinson Farm through the lens of an artist! Their materials will range from paints, to chicken feathers, and even vegetables!

Life of a Farmer
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
10am-noon
Suggested ages 5-7

$8 suggested donation - pre-registration required

Register: http://afarmerslife.brownpapertickets.com/

Ever wonder what a farmer does? Students will explore the farm through its daily activities. They will get to talk to one of our student workers about the different jobs they do through interactive activities such as learning about compost, taking care of farm animals, and the growing cycle of plants!

Creatures of the Farm
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
10am-noon
Suggested ages 9-12

$10 – pre-registration required

Register: http://creaturesofthefarm.brownpapertickets.com/

The Dickinson College Farm has cows, chickens, and sheep! Spend time outside learning about what each animal eats, where each animal lives, as well as activities using sheep wool, chicken eggs, and ice cream!


elena capaldi SEEDElena Capaldi is a senior at Dickinson College. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and dabbles in sewing projects and rock climbing in her free time. Elena first got immersed in agriculture when she got her hands dirty this past summer working closely with students at the nearby Diakon Wilderness Greenhouse in Boiling Springs. She enjoyed harvesting tomatoes, peppers, and herbs all summer and fostering a love of outdoor gardening work with others. Elena’s favorite farm animals include the orange farm cat, Rosco!


Past SEED Programs

Fall 2013

September 21 | Suggested ages 5-8
10am-12pm
553 Park Dr., Boiling Springs, PA 17007
It All Starts With a Seed!
Register: http://seed1.brownpapertickets.com
Discover how recycling our food waste and relying on worms help our plants to grow big
and strong. We will build our own compost pile, examine worms and eat some delicious
“dirt!” Registration deadline September 18.

October 26 | Suggested Ages 8-12
10am-12pm
553 Park Dr., Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Let’s Ruminate About Ruminants!
Register: http://seed2.brownpapertickets.com/
Do you know what a ruminant is?! Come take a walk around the farm with us to learn all
about cows and sheep. We will discover how they process their food, make crafts out of
sheep’s wool and make our own butter! Registration deadline October 23.

November 16 | Suggested ages 6-9
10am-12pm
553 Park Dr., Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Lively Ladybugs and Gnawing Grasshoppers
Register: http://seed03.brownpapertickets.com/
Check out the farm’s insect collection and discover which insects are pests and which are predators! We will make our own insect books and go on a scavenger hunt around the farm. Try some delicious “bug juice” for a snack! Registration deadline November 13.

Fall 2012

Exploring Apples from the Soil Up
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
9 – 11 a.m.
Ages 5 – 7

Children will learn about fall’s most colorful fruit by sampling apple varieties like Fuji and Honey Crisp and making art with apples. This workshop introduces children to the reasons that apples were important to Johnny Appleseed – and how rich soil helps them to grow.

Discovering the Origins of the Thanksgiving Feast
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
9 – 11 a.m.
Ages 7 – 10

Activities such as painting gourds, making a leaf rubbing and creating a three-sisters garden using squash, corn and beans will be used to introduce children to Native American agricultural traditions and what happens to crops when the cold weather arrives.

Decorate Gourds

With all the gourds lying around why not decorate them? We will paint gourds, so bring your creativity!

Celebrate the Three Sisters

Make your very own Three Sisters Garden in any design or pattern you want by integrating squash, corn, and beans.

Leaf Preservation

Keep a piece of fall with you wherever you go by making a leaf rubbing. We will have fun while learning the different parts of the leaf.

Nature Walk & Making Art From Nature’s Resources

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
9 – 11 a.m.
Ages 5 – 7

Children will make seasonal arts and crafts using nature gifts from the farm, sing winter songs to the farm before it goes into its winter-long hibernation and sample apple cider.

Spring 2013

March 2nd, 10am-12pm - Register

Sweet Trees and Bees: Suggested ages 9-12

Discover how the special sap that maple trees produce is turned into maple syrup and learn how bees make their honey. Sweet treats will be provided!

April 6th, 10am-12pm - Register

The Incredible Edible (organic) Egg: Suggested ages 5-9

Collect fresh-laid eggs from the farm’s pasture-raised hens. We will see and taste the differences between our organic eggs and conventional eggs.

May 4th - Register

May Day Celebration: Suggested ages 5-12

Celebrate spring! We will plant new crops, make crafts out of recycled materials, and recreate a Maypole tradition.


“What I am hoping to instill in them is an appreciation for the environment so that hopefully they would want to take care of and protect the nature that is around them.”
–Heather Livingston

(Sentinel News Article about the program, pub. 10/4/12)

Heather Livingston is a senior Environmental Studies major at Dickinson College. After her study abroad experience last fall with The School for Field Studies in Costa Rica, Heather grew to understand and appreciate the concept of sustainable agriculture. While in Costa Rica she applied to work at the Dickinson College Farm and began working there when she returned to the states in January. Heather worked at the farm this summer and is currently a student worker. In addition to her farm job, she is developing a farm-based curriculum for children, under the guidance of farm manager Jenn Halpin. Heather hopes that by way of education, younger generations will understand the importance of organic and sustainable agriculture.