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11th Annual Local Food Dinner
Holland Union Building, Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
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Thank you for your interest in buying tickets for the 11th Annual Local Food Dinner with keynote speaker Kristin Kimball. Tickets have sold out in record time! If you didn't get a ticket for this year's dinner, you are still invited to join us for a hoppin' farmers' market in the HUB from 2-6pm. The market is open to all: no ticket required. What better way to welcome spring than meeting your farmers who are so excited for the coming growing season and taking home some delicious local goodies for your fridge or pantry? Follow the farm on Facebook or Twitter to receive alerts about other College Farm events and workshops!


11th Annual Local Food Dinner

The Local Food Dinner is an event centered on celebrating food, farmers and community.  In addition to enjoying a wonderful meal made from ingredients sourced close to home, the Local Food Dinner hosts a farmers' market and inspirational speaker.

Preceding the dinner event, you are invited to an indoor farmers' market showcasing the diversity of agriculture products within the Cumberland Valley and surrounding areas!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Farmers' Market: 2pm to 6pm in HUB Lobby (FREE & OPEN TO EVERYONE!)

Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.

Where: Social Hall in Dickinson College Holland Union Building (HUB), 28 N. College Street, Carlisle, PA

This year, Kristin Kimball, author of "The Dirty Life" and co-owner of Essex Farm in upstate NY will be our dinner keynote.

Tickets are $25 each.

"The Dirty Life is a wonderfully told tale of one of the most interesting farms in the country. If you want to understand the heart and soul of the new/old movement towards local food, this is the book you need. It's the voice of what comes next in this land, of the generation unleashed by Wendell Berry to do something really grand."

Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"[An] appealing memoir... Luckily for the reader, Kimball has a lusty appetite and her memoir is as much a celebration of food as it is of farming."

The New York Times Book Review


Our 11th annual Local Food Dinner will please the palette and have you coming back for seconds!


Pear & Goat Cheese Salad

Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad

Vegan Kale & Bean chili

Shepherd's Pie

Mushroom Faro

Sweet Potato Casserole

Roasted Root Vegetable

Beet Cake with Leo's Ice Cream

-------About the Keynote Speaker, Kristin Kimball-------

"I was born in 1971, and grew up in central New York. I graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where I worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides. In 2002, I interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and took more than a professional interest in both him and his vocation. We founded Essex Farm together in 2004  the world's first full-diet CSA, as far as we know  and I've been professionally dirty ever since. Mark and I have two daughters, and I have three great jobs: mother, farmer, writer.

Since the publication of The Dirty Life, I've written for O Magazine about what it's like to change your life completely; for Vogue on physical work, and for Gourmet Live on all sorts of farm and food related subjects (The Pigs Are Alright, A Corny Story, Tales of Terroir, Three Things Every Ethical Eater Needs To Know). Food & Wine featured us here, the Burlington Free Press here, and for the francophones out there, Alix Girod de l'Ain Laffontwrote about us here, in French Elle."

About Kristin and Mark Kimball's Essex Farm

Essex Farm offers a year-round, full diet, free choice membership. We produce grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken, eggs, fifty different kinds of vegetables, milk, grains and flour, fruit, herbs, maple syrup, and soap. Members come to the farm on Fridays, from 3pm to 7pm, and take what they need for the week, in any quantity or combination they choose. We sometimes limit scarce items, like maple syrup or the year's first tomatoes, but most food is available on an all-you-can-eat basis. Members are encouraged to take extra produce during the growing season for freezing or canning, to supplement what is available from the root cellar during winter and early spring. In addition to food, we offer members the opportunity to hike the farm, visit fields and animals, and join us as volunteers for harvest and field work.

We currently farm 600 acres and feed 222 members. We are powered by fifteen solar panels, nine draft horses, ten full-time farmers, and three tractors. We do not use synthetic fertilizer, herbicide, or pesticide. Our animals eat feed we've grown ourselves or local hay and local, certified organic grain.

Our mission: We strive to produce an abundance of high quality food while fostering the health and resiliency of the farm, the farmers, the members, and the community. Our desire is to build an agro-ecosystem that is sustainable economically, environmentally, and socially. We work to make a farm that is better tomorrow than it is today.

Essex Farm was started in 2003 by Mark and Kristin Kimball. Mark graduated from Swarthmore College with a self-directed degree in Agricultural Science.  He has been farming for 19 years, and has traveled across the country and around the world in search of a truly sustainable, diversified farm. Kristin graduated from Harvard University and worked as a writer and editor based in New York City before meeting Mark. Her memoir, The Dirty Life, chronicles Essex Farm's startup year.

-------About Dickinson College Farm-------

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.


Holland Union Building, Dickinson College (View)
28 N. College Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States

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Minimum Age: 15
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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