HWS Fribolin Farm
56 White Springs Lane, Geneva N.Y.
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HWS Fribolin Farm offers opportunities to engage with our food system, the campus and our surrounding community. Programs include food and farm field trips, garden development, cooking demonstrations, food forums, service opportunities and ways consumers can interact with food, farmers, and food processing as they contemplate their place in our regional food system. Since acquiring the farm in 2013, faculty and staff have incorporated the HWS Fribolin Farm into the curriculum and student experience in many ways. At least 10 professors have directly used the farm in their course work, with many additional students gaining experience at the farm due to co-curricular experiences, independent studies, work studies, and service opportunities.
We envision… HWS Fribolin Farm as a sustainable campus-based farm providing wholesome food, products, and developmental experiences to our community and neighbors; faculty, staff, students, and the local and regional community. Working within many partnerships and collaborations, we create a sense of place, connected to learning and teaching, and demonstrate innovative, systematic thinking (social, environmental, and economic) that carries knowledge and experience forward as citizens of our (local and regional) food systems.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ (HWS) use of the farmland on White Springs Lane is a continuation of a long history dating as far back as 1687 when members of the Seneca Nation named the springs “white water springs.” Just after Geneva Waterworks organized sourcing water to Geneva from the springs in the late 1700s, White Springs Estate was founded. Land use and purpose of the property changed through multiple owners, including the title being passed to William and Thomas Smith in 1877 for raising nursery stock. The property, once used for raising cows, chickens, and sheep and growing orchards, has the potential to regain its historic productivity and reconnect to the historic significance to the Colleges and Geneva.
Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges pursued raising their own food in the 1970s. They made agreements to plant small plots of crops for personal consumption on a neighboring farmer’s land. The theme house at the time, Farmhouse, held fundraisers like ’Corn On The Quad’ and tried to build interest for students raising and preparing their own food. Through inquiry and independent work, student interest was revived in 2008 through research projects coordinated by the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and continued through to today. With growing intrigue by students and the realization that multiple courses from many disciplines focus on food, a proposal for a Food Studies minor began in 2012. Since its acquisition, the HWS Fribolin Farm has hosted special events, routine classes, and has been the focus of many student projects and proposals.
The HWS Farm Committee, designated by President Gearan in 2014, is developing a strategic plan for the farm property by pursuing appropriate short-term goals and purposeful curricular and co-curricular pilot projects. Current and past members include Jeffrey Blankenship, Martha Bond, Kristen Brubaker, Lisa Cleckner, Stacey Davis ‘15, Thomas Drennen, Robert Flowers, Jessica Hayes-Conroy, David Iannicello, Mollie Kenerson ’15, Robin Lewis, Adam Maurer, Susanne McNally, Sarah Meyer, Justin Miller, Elizabeth Newell, and Pete Polinak. To contact the farm committee, email email@example.com.
If you have a project you would like to complete at HWS Fribolin Farm, submit your written responses by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1st for summer and fall project implementation or by November 1st for spring project implementation.
Our Farm Interns
Since summer 2014, HWS Fribolin Farm has provided research opportunities and employment for HWS students. They assist with garden management, outreach programs, harvest sales and farm utilization.
Find open positions posted on the HWS Human Resources Page.
- Cameron Benoit '16, Summer Farm Intern 2014
- Stacey Davis '15, Farm Tree Inventory Intern Fall 2014
- Katherine Sipple '15, Greens Growing Project Independent Study Spring 2015
- Natalie Munderville '16, Summer Farm Intern 2015
- Liam Brooks '17, Summer Farm Intern 2015
- Ben Gamache '16, Independent Study Fall 2015
- Lino Chimienti '16, Independent Study Fall 2015
- Kalley Matthews '16, Greens Growing Project Independent Study Spring 2016
- Sarah Garcia '17, Summer Farm Intern 2016
- Felicia Maybee '17, Summer Farm Intern 2016
What Our Collaborators Say…
“My thanks to the FLI staff and affiliated faculty who work with students during Day of Service events and Pre Orientation Adventure Program service projects, some of which grow vegetables and assist the Community Lunch Program in delivering healthy meals to community members who are hungry and food insecure.” – Jeremy Wattles, HWS Community Engagement and Service Learning
“HWS Posse 3 enjoyed learning about the farm and all that happens there; planting, growing, harvesting, and storing fresh produce for use throughout the year. It was the first time that most of the students had been on a farm. Getting our hands dirty by breaking down the herb garden, or reaping/drying sunflowers seeds, washing and shelving donated kitchen items, and even assembling lamps was a great way to spend time together as a group.” – Stacey Pierce, HWS Student Affairs
“The Fribolin Farm has become such a valuable extension for learning at HWS. Students are exploring real life food sustainability and farming issues through growing vegetables and using them to cook great meals at Pasta Night or to donate to the Community Lunch Program. We have really enjoyed our visits to the HWS Fribolin Farm, from seeing Gina the horse, to watching the bees at work in the hives, to enjoying the beautiful expanse of grain and pasture land, it’s a beautiful addition to the HWS campus!” – Mary Kelly, HWS Education Department
Physical address: 56 White Springs Lane
Mailing Address: 300 Pulteney St., Attn: Finger Lakes Institute
Geneva, NY 14456
In The News
- Fribolin Donates Property to HWS
- Summer Sees Farm Development
- Brooks '17 Interns at HWS Fribolin Farm
- Munderville '16 Interns at Fribolin Farm
- HWS Fribolin Farm Interns Make an Impact
- Cultivating the Local Environment
- Finger Lakes Institute Food Systems Program
- HWS Fribolin Farm Facebook Page
- Food Studies Archive at HWS
- HWS Food Week
- HWS Sustainable Foods Club
- HWS Real Food Challenge