Food, Farm and Sustainability
Farmer waving from tractor

Faces Behind Your Food Survey

Dear Hampshire Community, How well do you know the faces behind your food – meaning the staff involved in the Hampshire College food system? Have you ever chatted with Jamil? Toured the farm with Nancy? Bought bulk from Mixed Nuts? Please take a brief survey and let us know! https://hampshire.co1.qualtrics.com/…/fo…/SV_br9Q4IXTlmuLurX Thanks!  
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Nursing sow with 5 piglets

Now hiring! Assistant Director-Livestock/Pasture

    Assistant Director-Livestock/Pasture Hampshire College Farm Center Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for an assistant director – livestock/pasture for its Farm Center. The Hampshire College Farm is a thriving working farm providing campus and community members with organically grown produce and past
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Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship

Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship Starting date: May 21, 2018 Ending date: September 3, 2018 Pay rate: $11/hour The Hampshire College Farm Summer Internship Program provides a hands-on working and learning experience designed for college students interested in sustainable agriculture. Interns will work alongside farm staff to carry out daily operations of the farm’s diverse pastured livestock and organic veget
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Local food systems by the numbers

For those of you who are interested in local food systems, FINE (Farm to Institution New England) has written an interesting six-part blog series on food metrics, called “Measuring Up”. The entire series can be accessed here. Some highlights include: The struggle around defining “local”: While some institutions create their own definitions of local, others use third-party tools or federal/stat
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Food Systems Panel and Cooking Class!

Here at Hampshire we continue to make progress on our food systems work. Earlier this fall our Food Systems team conducted a survey of first year students in the dining hall, and discovered that few of them had a good grasp on what exactly the Hampshire College food system was or how it worked. To remedy this, we worked in conjunction with the Bon Appetit Fellow, Shira Kaufmann, and came up with both a Food Systems P
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Save our Seeds!!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our showing last night of SEED: The Untold Story! If you want to take action on protecting seed diversity, here are some ideas for how to do that: https://www.seedthemovie.com/takeaction/ If you missed our screening, it is about the severe but relatively-unknown crisis in seed diversity, its implications for the planet, and what people around the world are doing to try to solve the
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Hampshire College Food Systems Panel

Recently, the Kendall Food Systems Intern and Farm staff conducted a survey in the dining hall to find out what students want to know about the Hampshire College food system. In response to questions that we received from the survey, we are planning to hold a panel on November 29th (note new date) from 3:30-4:30 in the middle room of the dining commons. Please join the staff of the dining hall, the farm, the Kern Cen
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Thanks to volunteers, Fall Festival was a big success!!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who made the Fall Festival such a success!! We really appreciate your hard work, and couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you, thank you!! Thanks also to the bands, the vendors, and, of course, all of the visitors who came out visit the farm. We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you next year! For more photos, check out our Facebook page!
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Fall Farm Festival happening tomorrow!!

  Come visit the farm at the Fall Farm Festival during Alumni and Friends weekend on Saturday, Oct 21st, 12-4 pm! Featuring two staff/alumni bands: What Happens Now and Jesse Sterling Harrison! What Happens Now: https://www.facebook.com/akadeafwallace/ (Check out the familiar alum/staff faces… :)) Alumn Jesse Sterling Harrison: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jsharrison2 Also featuring vegetarian, gluten-free
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3 people in cafeteria behind table featuring local food

Team Local Food for the Win!!

Congratulations to Executive Chef Jamil Asad for his Local Food Challenge meal on September 26th, which was in the top three out of 44,000 Bon Appetit submissions in the country!! It featured primarily Hampshire College Farm produce, with a few additional products from Horse Listener’s Orchard and Four Star Farms. Go Team Local!! Did we mention that it was delicious? Because it sure was!! As many readers of thi
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red and golden roasted beets

Help! What do I do with all of these vegetables…??

So you are doing your part to support the Hampshire College Farm and you bought a CSA share. Thank you! Every week you pick up an exciting array of delicious, ripe, organic produce (some of which is unfamiliar to you – but hey – it looks so good!)… and then you don’t quite know what to do with it. Sadly, it sits in your fridge and slowly shrivels and rots until eventually you toss it in the co
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Hot pepper poppers recipe by Shannon Rosa

This delicious recipe for hot pepper poppers come to us courtesy of Hampshire Farm CSA member Shannon Rosa. It can be made using both hot peppers and bacon from the farm.     Recipe: A variety of peppers (I used 8 jalapeño, one Hungarian yellow and one poblano.) 8 oz of cream cheese 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 finely minced spring onion 1/2 pound of bacon, slices cut in half, extra fat trimmed f
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Researching and Raising Gloucester Old Spots

As promised in the previous post, we wanted to provide you with more details on the Gloucester Old Spot breeding program, a student-run project by April Nugent, 15F, funded by the Coppinger Research Grant. This study involves breeding heritage pigs in two separate environments (pasture and woodlot) and then comparing the pigs raised on pasture with the pigs raised on woodlot, with the goal of providing baseline data
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Pigs, pigs, pigs!! Lady Roxanne surprises us all!

It’s pigs, pigs, pigs around here these days! One of our students, April Nugent, has been breeding Gloucester Old Spot pigs, a heritage breed. (A far more detailed post on this terrific student-led project will be forthcoming.) On the farm we currently have four sows, all of whom were successfully impregnated, and one boar. Although we all thought that Phyllis, otherwise known as the Empress, the oldest of the
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Local Food Processing and Storage: Problems and Solutions

One of the main problems facing local food systems, including small farmers and entrepreneurs, is food processing and storage. Because some food crops tend to ripen all at once, without appropriate processing and storage facilities there is a risk that much of the crop will simply go to waste. Although here at Hampshire College we have commercial kitchens to handle our farm-to-plate processing, many small farmers and
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Pigs, ginger, and tractors, oh my! Summer interns on life at the farm

Another exciting season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm! This summer we have a terrific group of interns helping with everything from growing turmeric to breeding pigs to changing the oil in a tractor. One rainy morning over a hot cup of coffee and some doughnuts we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans.  April Nugent, Ben Matcho, Lee Graves, Owen Aptekar-Cassels, Fiona Helen
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Nancy Hanson in field harvesting veggies

Nancy Hanson – 2017 Carol and Blair Brown Staff Excellence Award Winner!!

  Congratulations to the Farm’s own Nancy Hanson, CSA Manager and 2017 winner of the Carol and Blair Brown Award for Staff Excellence!! This prestigious, community-based award recognizes a staff member’s exceptional contribution to the College. As one letter of support says, “At Hampshire College, Nancy has provided exceptional service, created cross-campus connections, fostered diversity and i
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NOFA Summer Conference returns to Hampshire College!

Be part of this annual celebration of the organic movement! 2017 NOFA Summer Conference August 11-13, 2017 Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass. The NOFA Summer Conference is a three day solutions-oriented annual celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Gardeners, farmers, growers and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and
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Botanical explorer Joseph Simcox brings new seeds to Hampshire Farm

by Eve Allen, F14 On a warm Wednesday afternoon in early March, botanical explorer and ethnobotanist, Joseph Simcox, paid a visit to the Hampshire College Farm to distribute seeds in promotion of his Gardens Across America project. Joseph has spent decades circling the globe documenting, tasting, and collecting the seeds of thousands of rare and underutilized edibles. Visiting over 100 countries and collecting the se
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Seed Library and Hampshire Farm Series Spring 2016

Announcing a collaborative series on seeds, seed starting, and transplanting offered by the Harold F Johnson Library and the Hampshire College Farm. Vegetable Grower and CSA Manager Nancy Hanson and Science Librarian Heather McCann will co-teach 3 sessions this spring. Participants will learn more about the Hampshire College Seed Library and the resources available on campus for growing food. Bring your own seeds to
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