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Backyard Orchards and Berries
Dickinson College Farm
Boiling Springs, PA
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Backyard Orchards and Berries
That sunny corner of your yard should be working for you instead of just growing grass. Wouldn't a few small apple trees be just the thing? What about fresh berries for breakfast? Just step outside the door and pick them after dinner and they will be in the fridge ready for you when you wake up! Or maybe you need something for your child to do as a summer project so that they know just where their food is coming from. This workshop will give you the basics of how to choose a site, prepare the soil, how to plant, how close to plant, what fruit trees and berries will do well in your area, and what care is needed to keep them healthy.

More about Thom Marti

Thom and Judy Marti met on the Hippie Trail 40 years ago. They both liked to garden, they both didn't like the idea of sitting behind a desk, and they decided they wanted to be organic farmers when they grew up. It took them 10 years of working various jobs around the country to save up the money, and find the right site, at the right price. Surprisingly they found their dream farm, now called "Broad Valley Orchard" in nearby Wenksville, in the mountains of Adams County. In the last 30 years they developed their own system for growing fruit as a major portion of what they sell at farmers' markets, restaurants, health food stores, and their CSA They have slowly converted their business plan to selling mostly fruit in season, and hoop house crops through most of the year. They also have fruit and root cellars under their 1870's log house, and often can sell produce nearly year around.

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More information about our monthly Sustainability School workshops:

Offered in partnership with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) & Good Food Neighborhood


Each Sustainability Series Workshop will start at 2:00pm at the Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007. The two-hour workshops offer homesteaders of all skill levels tips and strategies to maximize production and enjoyment from home and community food production.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring water, a journal and a camera if you'd like.


The Dickinson College Farm is a 50-acre living laboratory that is USDA Certified Organic. Located just six miles from campus, the farm has more than 15 acres of vegetable production ground and 18 acres of animal pasture. The farm supports the academic interests of students and faculty, promotes renewable energy through solar applications and builds a greater awareness about how food is generated using techniques that help sustain natural ecosystems.


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2) LimaOscarJuliet - Flickr
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4) Daryl_Mitchel - Flickr



Dickinson College Farm (View)
553 Park Drive
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
United States

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Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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