Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Farmer waving from tractor

Faces Behind Your Food Presents: Farmer Jason Dragon!

Here is the third of our Faces Behind Your Food interviews, this time with Jason Dragon, Assistant Director for Vegetables and Student Outreach. We hope this series has helped you learn more about the folks behind your food here at Hampshire College. Hopefully we will be able to continue this series next semester. In the meantime, thanks for watching!
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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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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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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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On flowers

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” – Victor Hugo. The PYO flower garden is ready. Enough said.
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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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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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November Farm Bulletin

Monthly updates from the farm recorded by Owen Aptekar-Cassels F14 with input from Farmers Nancy Hanson and Jason Dragon. The shift in weather patterns that made this an amazing growing season also affects the lives of insects. This year’s experimental Brussels sprouts crop, the first on the farm in 10 years, was covered in gray aphids that do well in warm weather. Next season the farm plans to adapt by introducing l
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Hampshire Farm-Grown Ginger and Turmeric For Sale

This ginger is known as baby ginger–it has a crisper/fresher texture and flavor than what we normally buy in the store because it’s harvested earlier –and it is gorgeous too. Think ginger tea, ginger scones, carrot ginger soup, ginger and greens, ginger and sweet potatoes, gingerbread… well you get the picture. In addition to being really tasty, ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and digestiv
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Fall Festival: Best Butternut Recipe Contest

Students, Staff, and Faculty – enter your BEST BUTTERNUT SQUASH RECIPE for a chance to win a Hampshire College Farm totebag stuffed with squashes! Fall is here and so it’s time to double down on the dutch oven and get creative with the crockpot! We invite you to submit your best butternut squash recipe and prepare the dish for judging at the Hampshire College Fall Festival on October 24th. Who: You! Stude
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Finding beauty through Farm Work: Reflections on the Growing Season

Owen Aptekar-Cassels is a third-year student at Hampshire College and one of 4 Hampshire students who worked as a vegetable farm intern this summer. I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for months, but I’m only now, when popcorn and pumpkin plants that started off so small and strong are now fruiting and dying back, getting the chance to write it. Farming can make other things slip to the side, I’m learning. My
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winter scenery

The Mysterious Life of a Farmer in Winter

As a farmer during this time of year, I often get the question “what do you do all winter?” I usually smile, shrug and reply, “I go down to a forty-hour week.” Admittedly this response has not led to very many follow-up questions over the years so I thought that I would finally sit down and let you in on the mysterious life of a farmer in winter. Just like everyone else this year, Jason, Pete and I are spending a lot
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Pete with cows

The Faces Behind Your Food: Pete Solis

Over the next few months, we will be featuring a series of interviews here on the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Blog that focus on the people behind Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition. From local farmers in the field to seasoned chefs in the campus kitchen, we will explore the faces behind our food. Today we feature Pete Solis, Livestock and Pasture Manager at the Hampshire College Farm. To read our first feature w
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bee and flower

Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Eggs, and Fresh Ideas

In a few weeks, our campus will be repopulated with students, signalling a shift on the farm from planting and weeding to harvesting. The CSA barn will be all hustle and bustle starting on August 26th when our first crop of vegetables will be picked and washed and promptly packed away in member’s tote bags at the first share distribution. The campus CSA has been an essential facet of Hampshire College for over
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A Living Laboratory at the Hampshire College Farm

The academic buildings tend to be quiet at Hampshire College during the summer. But down at the Hampshire College Farm, our 15 acres of vegetable fields and 65 acres of pasture serve as a living classroom and laboratory for the students of our 6 week Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute. Brian Schultz, Professor of Entomology and Ecology, is currently leading students in a hands-on experiment at the farm. With th
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Edible Pioneer Valley features Hampshire Farm

Our fertile valley is just starting to burst with early summer produce. Farm stands are laden with plump red strawberries and farmers market stalls are stuffed with glorious greens, pea shoots, and the last of spring asparagus. With this bountiful backdrop, the relaunch of the beloved publication Edible Pioneer Valley could not come at a better time! We are thrilled that there will be a chronicle of the exciting agri
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Hens Make a Home at Hampshire

It may be a dreary, rainy day at the Hampshire College Farm, but our spirits are bright because we get to spend the day with 75 baby chickens! This mix of Black Giants, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and New Hampshire Reds is just the first shipment of a total of 300 chickens that will become the new laying flock for the college. The chicks hatched yesterday and were immediately shipped out from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohi
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What’s buzzing at the farm lately? Transplants, Bees and Piglets!

It has been a busy few weeks here at the Hampshire College Farm. The student workers have been hard at work for over a week and there are muddy boots to show for it! Our vegetable crew has transplanted thousands of starts (with thousands more to go still!) into the fields including tomatoes, leeks, popcorn, and a variety of flowers for our pick-your-own fields. Those flowers will be happily pollinated by our new heal
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