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A Few Basic Cooking Tips

A Few Basic Cooking Tips   In a hurry? Don’t just crank up the heat, which will cause your food to be burned on the outside and raw on the inside – yuck! Instead, cover the food with a lid or tin foil, which will trap the heat and speed up the cooking process. For better or for worse, this will also trap moisture; if the food needs a crispy exterior, remove the covering and turn up the heat for a few minut
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New this semester – cooking tips, recipes, and what to do with your CSA share!

Are you a new student CSA member? Don’t know a chef’s knife from a paring knife? Can’t tell the difference between collards and chard? Never fear, the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Blog is here for you!   This semester, we will posting weekly recipes, cooking skills, and announcements of classes or other events to help you learn how to cook (or become a better cook than you already are), how t
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First harvests coming in

All of our hard work is starting to pay off, with the first harvests coming in! This year we are doing some experimental cucumber and melon trials for Johnny’s Seeds, so we’ve been taste testing ripe cucumbers like there’s no tomorrow. Peppers are starting to ripen, and tomatoes won’t be too far behind. And, of course, there are plenty of flowers and herbs for veggie CSA members in the pick yo
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Free Veggie CSA shares for Hampshire College students!!

FundCom and the Hampshire College Farm are excited to announce that in order to increase food options for students, we are offering FREE Hampshire College Farm Vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares to mod residents – sponsored by the Student Activities Fund! Individual Mods in Prescott, Enfield, and Greenwich are eligible to sign up for free CSA shares beginning on August 1. Share availability
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Student research leads to Gloucester Old Spots pig breeding program

As many of you may know,  one of our recent graduates created a Gloucester Old Spots pig breeding program here at Hampshire College.  For her Division III project, April Nugent conducted research on the nutritional and environmental impacts of raising breeding swine on pasture vs. woodlots. We thought you might be interested learning the results of her research, which can be found here: https://drive.google.com/a/ham
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Ginger turmeric applesauce recipe

  What says “fall” in New England more than wandering through an apple orchard, picking an array of delicious apples, and taking them home to make homemade applesauce? But who says you have to stick to that same old standard recipe year after year? Check out this great applesauce variation, courtesy of Associate IT Director Sarah Ryder, using baby ginger and turmeric from the Hampshire College Farm.
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Farm Fall Festival!!

Come celebrate local, sustainable food and farming at the Fall Farm Festival during Alumni and Friends weekend on Saturday, Oct 20th, 12-4 pm! Join us for music, food, games, pumpkin painting, face painting, farm animals, a farmer’s market, popcorn, cider, and apple cider doughnuts! This year’s bands, featuring Hampshire staff, alumni, and students, will be: 12:00 – 2:00 pm – The Monday Projec
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Amazing butternut squash pie recipe from Jason Dragon

  Harvest time is here!! We are in full gear here at the farm, sending all kinds of delicious food to our CSA members and the dining hall. I recently put out a call for recipes utilizing our farm products, and here is an amazing one from Assistant Director for Vegetables Jason Dragon. We made two for our LLC dinner last night (12 people) , and they were a big hit. (Sorry, the photo doesn’t quite do them ju
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Welcome to fall ’18!

Dear students, faculty, and staff, Welcome (back) to Hampshire College!! We hope you had a lovely summer and are settling into the rhythm of the new semester. Lots of things have been going on here at the farm. We have a new litter of piglets and two new barn kittens (Bert and Ernie) who are getting bigger every day. Our staff and student crews have been (and will continue to be) working hard to plant, grow, hoe, and
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Farming’s Future: Welcome to the New Summer Farm Crew!!

Another busy season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm. This summer we have a terrific group of hardworking interns helping with everything from raising chickens to pounding tomato stakes. One hot afternoon, while cooling off over some ice-cold drinks and popsicles, we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans. Blue DuRard Keller, a Hampshire College student, says that he has romant
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Support Hampshire College and the Farm – Donate by June 30th for a 1:1 Match

We hope you love Hampshire College – and the Hampshire College Farm – as much as we do. All the great work that gets done here, from a student-run heritage pig breeding program to delivering fresh, sustainably-grown Hampshire College Farm produce directly the campus dining hall, can only be done with your support. Together, let’s raise $150,000 between now and June 30th to support these great initiatives
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What’s happening at the farm?

There are so many things happening at the farm right now, it’s hard to keep track! First, we want to welcome our new summer student crew. These terrific students work hard all summer long planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting to bring the Hampshire College community its fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the dining hall and the Hampshire College CSA. They also help tend the animals – including
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Faces Behind Your Food Presents: Farmer Jason Dragon

Welcome to 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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Faces Behind Your Food Presents: The Kern Kafe

Welcome to the second in a series of Faces Behind Your Food interviews with the folks here on campus who are involved in moving your food from farm to fork. This interview is with some of the hardworking staff at the Kern Kafe, including Eli Horowitz (Bakery Manager), Tori Bonazoli (Baker), Sheena Pee (Catering and Baking Assistant) and Elise Khanijao (Kern Kafe Manager). The bakery makes an assortment of delicious p
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Faces Behind Your Food Presents: Executive Chef Jamil Asad

Check out this great interview with Bon Appetit Executive Chef Jamil Asad, done by our Kendall Food Systems Intern, Quinn Thomashow. This is the first in a series of several Faces Behind Your Food interviews with some of the people involved in the food systems work here at Hampshire. We hope it gives you a better sense of who the folks are who work so hard to bring your food from the farm to your plate. Enjoy!  
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What do you know about the faces behind our food?

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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Now hiring! Assistant Director for Livestock and 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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What’s new? A Hampshire College Food Systems Panel… and Cooking Class!

Here at Hampshire College 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 S
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