Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Welcome to Dilmun Hill. We are a student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell's campus since 1996. We provide students with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. Come visit us!

We closely collaborate with on-campus organizations such as Anabel's Grocery, the Cornell Food Pantry, and the Bee Club at Cornell.

Mission Statement

Dilmun Hill is a student run farm that seeks to foster community and empower students through active engagement in ecological agriculture. Dilmun Hill is open to anyone and is a place for experiential learning, group collaboration, research and outreach.

Farm Highlights

Pollinator Garden

Our newly-planted pollinator garden incorporates flowers, trees and shrubs beneficial to local insects and wildlife, simultaneously restoring natural habitats and encouraging crop pollination. This is one of the many ways Dilmun Hill focuses on sustainability and responsible land management.

This Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar was happily munching on the spicebush leaves soon after planting.

Raised Beds

Constructed with rot-resistant local locust lumber, these Hügelkultur-style beds are filled with layers of organic material – starting with sticks and straw at the bottom, followed by soil enriched with compost. As the organic matter slowly breaks down, it provides ample nutrients for the plants for years to come.

Produce Production

From planning which crops to grow and tending them throughout the season, to harvesting – growing food is our passion. We love to experiment with novel crops and methods, and to share our abundant harvest with the Cornell community. 

Look for our produce at Anabel's Grocery, visit our market stand on campus, or check out our CSA and u-pick options. 

Circular Bionutrient Economy

The new high tunnel is dedicated to a research project that seeks to recycle nutrients from human and agricultural waste into fertilizer. Connecting sanitation and agriculture in this way can add valuable nutrients to the soil where they are needed, and keep them out of aquatic environments where they are harmful.

Eli Newell ‘24: Recycling human waste for a more prosperous planet

Caterpillar on a leaf
Raised beds, a group of students and the barn in the background
Person with a broad simle harvesting cherry tomatoes
Two people in a high tunnel

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