About the Project

The Dilmun Hill Barn Project is led by an interdisciplinary team of students.

Dilmun Hill is Cornell University’s student-run organic farm. Dilmun Hill is one of the five Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Stations (CUAES), and operates within the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

The Dilmun Hill Barn Project is led by an interdisciplinary team of students from the Colleges of Engineering, Architecture, Art and Planning, Human Ecology, and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Together, we plan to leverage the human resources and partnerships available at Cornell University to design and build a barn structure that will implement innovative and ecological design and technology to serve as a model for both small and medium-sized farming operations, in addition to other college farms seeking sustainably designed infrastructure.  Our new barn will include educational spaces for labs and workshops, vegetable processing facilities, and equipment storage.

This project offers an opportunity for students from across all disciplines to pursue undergraduate, master’s, thesis, and independent study projects relating to design, embedded technology, monitoring, and remote control (to name only a few).

As a university farm whose primary mission is educational, it is our goal to have this project engage as many students as possible in pursuit of an exemplary model for sustainable agricultural infrastructure and technology.


The Dilmun Hill Barn Project aims to produce a form which is at once a progressive, academic, pragmatic, and didactic tool within the context of Cornell University.

Currently, we are working to establish the framework for ongoing student involvement and learning, with the potential to continuously develop as Dilmun Hill expands and changes in coming years.

To learn more about our design process, read about our team’s Architectural Mission.


Our Engineering Team consists of master’s and undergraduate students from across the mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering departments at Cornell. We believe that microcontroller technology has the potential to create solutions to meet the physical and organizational demands of running a farm.

Our current embedded technology projects are:

Automated irrigation valve (AIV) network

Advanced yield acquisition (AYA) robot

We are working to develop hardware and software systems to integrate with the barn, designed specifically to meet the needs of small and medium-sized organic farming operations.


We are working together to design a barn that is reflective of Dilmun Hill’s mission to promote ecological practices. One of our primary project goals is to construct the barn to a net-zero energy standard by implementing passive heating, cooling, and ventilation methods, and utilizing renewable energy harvesting and storage systems developed by our engineering and architectural teams.


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