Students and community members are encouraged to visit the farm for tours, educational and volunteer programs, workshops, and other events. Last year, 426 students of all ages toured the Haverfarm, 260 people attended a workshop or event, 165 community members donated time to the upkeep of the farm, and 50 students participated in the Farm P.E. program. These programs are the foundation of the Haverfarm's commitment to community learning and engagement with sustainable agriculture.
Haverfarm is home to two beehives and buzzing bee programming. The hives are maintained by a beekeeping club advised by the farm manager. Arguably, the bees are the most important farmers at the Haverfarm! Without them, we would not have nearly as bountiful crop production. Email haverbees [at] gmail.com or find the Haverbee Club at the activities fair to get involved with the bees!
Workshops and Events
Haverfarm regularly hosts workshops about organic farming, plants as medicine, relationships to land, environmental justice, and more. Recent events include: foraging walks, film screenings, and DIY fire cider and beeswax products like salve and lip balm. Haverfarm hosts potlucks and recipe shares through the year as a way of celebrating and sharing culture and community through food. Keep an eye on our Instagram, Engage, and website for upcoming events!
Haverfarm PE is one of the primary ways students get involved in the farm. Each semester, thirty students participate in this crash course on organic farming to get a physical education credit. Student farmers teach participants the basics of sustainable agriculture in the three hour per week class. Students learn the basics of plant identification, greenhouse seeding, composting, planting, harvesting, and Integrated Pest Management. BiCo students may register for P.E. before the first and last quarters of the academic year.
The Haverford College Apartments Garden, aka HCA Garden, is a pick-your-own-produce garden, located behind apartment 23. It is a student-run garden maintained by a club and supported by Haverfarm staff. The garden recently got a makeover with new beds, signs, and picnic tables, making it a key gathering space in the apartments. There is always a wonderful selection of vegetables and herbs, so you’ll often find students and community members stopping by to add some pizazz to their dinners!