The Haverfarm is a year-round farming and educational space designed to integrate sustainable food and agriculture into the academic and extracurricular lives of Haverford students, faculty, staff, and community members. With a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential learning, the Haverfarm invites students and other members of the community to engage with issues of food justice and local, progressive agriculture. Produce is distributed to students, community members, the dining center and local food banks.
History of the Farm
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 Helen White worked to create the large Haverfarm plot and community garden. Under the guidance of Prof. Helen White and Claudia Kent, of the Haverford Arboretum, the Haverfarm Club developed a funding proposal for the farm and Farm Fellow Position. (Alison Love, Haverfarm Programming and Funding: Reflection and Proposal. 2018)
Today, the Haverfarm club still functions as the core group of students who organize farm events and work the land. This student-led organization is supported by the Environmental Studies Department, the Arboretum, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. During the semester, the farm club hosts various activities on the farm in which they gain experience in planning, crop selection, planting, growing and harvesting. Through these practices students acquire leadership skills and develop relationships with the surrounding community.
The land stewarded by Haverfarm consists of a production plot located in the Haverford Community Gardens, and two smaller community plots 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. We hope that visitors take what they have learned back to their own fields and families.