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 the 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.
Today, the Haverfarm functions as a group of regular volunteers organized and supported by the farm fellow. Additionally, student workers are hired to work closely with the fellow to maintain the plots and organize farm programming throughout the year. These positions are funded by the Arboretum, Environmental Studies Department, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and the farm earings. Volunteers and student workers alike work with the fellow to make decisions about the future of the Haverfarm.
The land stewarded by Haverfarm consists of a 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, and beehives adjacent to the production plot. The Haverfarm is a living laboratory where everyone is welcome to explore agroecology and develop their own land-based practices.