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.

Audree Khalishah

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Audree is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the College Farm this year. She just graduated in May from Dickinson as an Environmental Studies major. While at Dickinson, Audree was a member of the Women’s Swim team, a Teaching Assistant for several ENST classes, and a research assistant for Jenn Halpin investigating intersections and opportunities for home gardening as a strategy to alleviate household food insecurity in the Carlisle borough. This research experience cultivated her interests in gardening and food sovereignty, and were further developed during Agroecology class her senior year. She has other passions for sports, art, and plant-based cooking. She hopes to combine her dreams to revolutionize environmental education and sustainable food production with all her other interests.


Ariel Rittenhouse

Crew Leader

 Ariel is the crew leader for the 2021 season. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and studied Environmental Studies and Spanish at Allegheny College. Her interest in sustainable food systems emerged throughout college leading her to apprentice at organic vegetable farms in New York and Ohio. She is also particularly passionate about increasing accessibility to whole foods grown in a way that is both sustainable and regenerative to the environment. She explored food justice, education, and nutrition while serving with FoodCorps in Connecticut. When she isn’t farming, she enjoys running, biking, backpacking, cooking, and reading.


Pest Control Coordinator and Farm Mascot




Introducing Pepe, our new farm dog! She is a one year old rescue Aussie Shepherd mix. Two words to describe her – “Playful and Sprightly”!