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Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Students are tending crops at a Dilmun Hill Work Party

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dilmun Hill is closed to visitors until further notice. We are looking forward to seeing you at the farm once normal operations resume.

Welcome to Dilmun Hill. We are a student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than a decade. We provide students with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. Though this year the farm is not open to visitors or volunteers, we hope to resume regular work parties and other events next season.

We closely collaborate with on-campus organizations such as the Cornell Farmers' Market, Anabel's Grocery, and MacDaniels Nut Grove.

Dilmun Hill is donating all produce during the 2020 growing season

Most years, Dilmun Hill is buzzing with activities of student farmers and volunteers. But this season, the farm remained closed until mid-July, when just three student-farmers were permitted to resume operations – right in time to harvest the garlic planted by students last fall.

Despite the late start and the skeleton crew, we — co-farm managers Lily Cowen and Brian Caine with the help from Zoe Loomis — had an extraordinarily productive season, donating our entire harvest to the Cornell Food Pantry. Our growing season was jumpstarted when we received a generous donation of transplants from Blue Heron Farm, certified organic growers near Lodi, N.Y.

Just a month after reopening, we donated our first boxes of beets, chard, radishes, and strawberries to the food pantry. Later donations included summer staples like basil, beans, lettuce, leeks, and cucumbers, as well as less common crops like tatsoi, romanesco, and eggplants — in total over 80 large boxes. In collaboration with Cornell’s Small Farms Program we were able to add cultivated mushrooms to the mix of donations.

Donations have always been a part of our mission and as the pressure on food pantries increased around the country due to COVID-19 we realized the opportunity Dilmun had to contribute to food security on campus. As the university’s student farm, we felt an obligation to serve the Cornell community and found an ideal partnership with the Cornell Food Pantry. This season proved to us just how much you can do in a short period of time and the impact we can have as a small student farm, cementing our desire to make donations a larger part of our mission.

Produce grown by Dilmun Hill Student Farm in 2020

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A new barn at Dilmun Hill 

The construction of the new barn is progressing rapidly, and it will be ready for use later this spring. Besides working and storage space, it features a large, covered porch with a great view of the farm.

This project is being funded by a generous donation of Michael and Ellen Wolfson, and by Cornell AES.

Outside of the Dilmun Hill barn with garage door
The barn will be ready for the Dilmun Hill community, whenever campus can safely reopen
The inside of the new barn, showing the concrete floor
The concrete floor looks beautiful!
The new barn at Dilmun Hill with windows and siding
The new barn with windows and siding
Dilmun Hill barn with roof in the snow
The new roof was up just in time for last night's snow
Dilmun Hill barn construction on 2-11-2020
The trusses are up! 2/11/2020
New barn at Dilmun Hill on 2/6/2020
After just two days of construction
Construction of the new barn has begun
The new barn, one day after construction has begun