Fribolin Farm

HWS Fribolin Farm

56 White Springs Lane, Geneva N.Y.

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About

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. Over 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, internships, independent studies, research studies, and service opportunities.

Our Vision…

The HWS Fribolin Farm is a place of experiential learning where critical thinking and an understanding of social and environmental justice are fostered among HWS students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of Geneva and the broader Finger Lakes region. Through curricular and co-curricular offerings and community partnerships, the Farm encourages experimentation and enterprise through food and agriculture, but also deep and critical reflection about the impacts of our work at a variety of scales. We encourage the nourishment of our bodies and communities through agroecological farming practices, stewardship of land and water, mindfulness and reflection, conservation and expansion of biodiversity, and an understanding of how all of these are politically and socially situated.

History

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 continues through to today with support and leadership provided by its Food Systems Program. 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 project 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 (former Chair), Lisa Cleckner, Stacey Davis ‘15, Thomas Drennen, Robert Flowers, Jessica Hayes-Conroy, David Galloway, David Iannicello, Mary Kelly, Mollie Kenerson ’15, Beth Kinne (current Chair), Robin Lewis, Adam Maurer, Darrin Magee, Susanne McNally, Sarah Meyer, Justin Miller, Elizabeth Newell, Pete Polinak, Craig Talmage. To contact the farm committee, email farm@hws.edu.

Farm Use

HWS Fribolin Farm has classroom, meeting space, kitchen, and designated areas for growing projects and is available for use by faculty, staff, and students. For availability inquiries, contact smeyer@hws.edu. Projects are proposed and considered for approval by the HWS Farm Committee per request. If you have a project you would like to complete at HWS Fribolin Farm, submit your written responses online.

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Farm Rules

Please abide by the following rules when visiting HWS Fribolin Farm.

  • Open farm hours are from dawn until dusk.
  • Do not enter the barn or any other buildings.
  • Park in designated areas only. Do not block the shared or loop driveway.
  • Swimming and fishing are not permitted.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Open fires are not permitted.
  • Do not feed any animals, including the ducks and geese.
  • Do not feed the horse, Gina, or enter her barn, stall, or paddock without supervision.
  • In case of an emergency, call HWS Campus Safety at (315) 781-3000.

For questions, email farm@hws.edu.

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, volunteer management, harvest sales, and farm utilization. Student positions are typically supervised by the FLI Food Systems Manager, Sarah Meyer.

Find open positions posted on the HWS Human Resources webpage or inquire by emailing farm@hws.edu.

  • 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
  • Maggie O’Reilly '16, Summer Farm Intern 2016
  • Laura Johnson '18, Summer of Service 2016
  • Sarah Garcia '17, Summer Farm Intern 2016
  • Felicia Maybee '17, Summer Farm Intern 2016
  • Emily Kelley '17, Summer Science Research Student 2017
  • Hannah Wood '17, Fall Farm Intern 2017, Spring 2018 Farm Intern
  • Eileen Rath '19, Summer Farm Intern 2018
  • Alex Cottrell '20, Summer of Service 2018
  • Sam Horner '20, Summer Science Research Student 2018
  • Jack Polentes '20, Fall Farm Intern 2018

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

Becoming a Bee Campus USA

Bee Campus

Hobart and William Smith Colleges leads efforts to benefit pollinators on campus and in Geneva, NY. Our students and campus community incorporates pollinator conservation and education in our coursework, service learning, research, and community engagement. There are honeybee hives kept at HWS Fribolin Farm and their honey is sold at our HWS College Store. Land on our campus, specifically on our farm, is maintained, managed, and conserved with pollinators in mind. Hobart and William Smith Colleges began the process of becoming a designated Bee Campus USA in Fall 2018 by forming a leadership committee of students, faculty, and administrators/staff. The committee, led by FLI Food Systems Program Manager Sarah Meyer, works to implement integral programs to raise awareness, expand habitat, and celebrate gains for pollinators, through such efforts as developing a campus habitat plan, hosting events and workshops, sponsoring service learning projects, and offering pollinator focused curriculum and public outreach.

To learn more about Bee Campus USA, click here. To become involved in the HWS Bee Campus USA Committee and its initiatives, contact smeyer@hws.edu.

 

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