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Dilmun Hill Student Farms

Yasamin Bayley

There is nothing better than finishing off your busy Wednesday than by digging around in some soft and healthy organic soil! No really, itโ€™s such a great feeling. At Dilmun Hill, a student-run organic farm, there is so much digging to be done! When you walk through the gates, it might not look like much, but turn the corner to see beautiful vegetables patch and greenhouse, filled with carrots, celery, tomatoes, cabbage and kale just waiting to be harvested!

At Dilmun Hill, volunteers (APO and otherwise) help take care of the crops, harvest, weed, and help get the seasons weekly CSA boxed for members. For those unfamiliar, CSA means community supported agriculture which allows community members to sign up at the beginning of a harvesting season for a share of the farms weekly produce. Members will get a box filled with the weeks freshest harvests, and every week you get something new! CSA programs are a great way to foster local eating and supporting local communities. Dilmun Hill also sells their produce at the Cornell Farmers Market on the Ag Quad!

As an APO volunteer, I jump in on the same tasks as the farm managers are doing, who are all students by the way! It is so nice to be working outside and getting to know the amazing farm managers and student workers that play a role in helping provide healthy, organic produce to our Cornell community. It is also a great way to meet new people and learn about agriculture. All the student staff there have been so kind and willing to help you understand what kind of planning, though and labor go into running a successful farm. There is so much to learn about the world around us and where our food comes from. Taking a few hours of service at Dilmun Hill is a great way to get started.

Oh and one of the best parts of volunteering: you get to taste the produce, and leave with some farm fresh veggies to munch on after your days of hard work ๐Ÿ™‚