Where we came from...
The Haverfarm originated in 2010 with a group of students pushing to practice sustainable agriculture on campus. These students built a garden of raised beds in the Haverford College Apartments and established the first Farm Club. In 2012, following the destruction of a temporary parking lot behind Haverford facilities, the Environmental Studies Capstone led by Professor Helen White worked to create a large Haverfarm plot and community garden. Under the guidance of Helen White and Claudia Kent, of the Haverford Arboretum, the Haverfarm Club developed a 2014 funding proposal for the farm and farm fellow position.
Who we are today...
The Haverfarm club has given way to a large group of regular volunteers organized and supported by the farm fellow. Additionally, student workers work closely with the fellow to maintain the plots and organize farm programming throughout the year. Volunteers and student workers alike make decisions about the future of the Haverfarm.
The land stewarded by the Haverfarm consists of a vegetable and herb production plot, located in the Haverford Community Gardens, and a smaller community plot located in the Haverford College Apartments. The farm has grown to include a greenhouse, classroom, an orchard area, beehives, and soon, a high tunnel. The Haverfarm is a living laboratory where everyone is welcome to explore agroecology and develop their own land-based practices.
Haverfarm’s nearly 1,600 lbs. of annual produce is distributed to the Campus Food Pantry, at sliding scale farm stands, and to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members on and off campus.
Students are welcome to visit the farm on Tuesdays 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. for open volunteer hours! Follow us on social media and check the website frequently for workshops and special events.