Dilmun Hill Student Farm

There are many hidden gems at Cornell.  The many gardens, naked statues, toaster ovens in secret kitchens etc.

Dilmun Hill is definitely a hidden gem that everyone should check out.  The farm is organic and entirely run by students.  There are ‘work parties’ a few times a week where anyone is invited to come help out with farming duties like harvesting, weeding, washing veggies, and laying out compost.  It does not come with out rewards.  Volunteers can take home a bag of veggies for their time.

They look nice and clean now but that leek got the entire sink dirty.  Roughly left to right is green kale, leek, lettuce, bok choi, bell peppers, tomato, kale, dinosaur kale, purple kale, and paw paws in the front.  I literally was walking down the planted rows snapping off kale and uprooting leeks.  It is probably the freshest food I have ever gotten.

Who knew paw paws could grow in upstate NY??  Heck, who knew what a paw paw was?!  It is in the Jungle Book but who as actually seen a real paw paw?  Apparently, one of those green things Baloo was throwing around during Bear Necessities was a paw paw.  If you’d like to know, paw paws are in the custard apple family like cherimoyas which I tried to buy and eat a few weeks ago and utterly failed by the way.  The taste of pawpaws were described to me as a cross between mangoes and bananas but after actually eating one it was more like a creamy bananay persimmon.

You get to try all sorts of new stuff on the farm.  Introducing a hardy kiwi:


It about the size of a grape but the inside is a kiwi! Except there’s no brown fuzzy skin and it’s bite size. You just kinda pluck them off the vine and bite into a mini smooth kiwi.

Basically everyone should come help out at Dilmun.  You will be able to 1) try cool exotic tropical fruit grown right in Ithaca! 2) take home lots o veggies 3) get some exercise 4) spend some time outdoors 5) escape from campus.  The students who run the farm work hard and it’s cool to see where food comes from.  (oh, THAT’s what a kale plant looks like, bok choi kinda looks like a cabbage in the ground etc.)  It really makes me want to have a garden and try and grow some food!  For now I can always come to Dilmun.

Bok Choi!


One response to this post.

  1. […]  I already had a plan of what to make.  Right before I left I picked up some awesome veggies at Dilmun Hill, the student farm.  Basically, in exchange for volunteering some time you get free, fresh, […]


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