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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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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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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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Report: Accounting Systems for the 100% Local Food Challenge By Joshua Minot and Shelby Gaiss

In March of 2015, student interns Joshua Minot F12 and Shelby Gaiss F13 were tasked to track and record Bon Appetit’s local purchasing practices in the context of Hampshire’s 100% Local Food Challenge and to conduct preliminary research and analysis around the Real Food Challenge in comparison to Hampshire’s Sustainable Food Purchasing Guidelines. Over the past several months, the interns have worked to identify all
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Farm Field Trip Series: Wingate Farm

Join Hampshire College Farmer Jason Dragon and Program Coordinator Jess Wissemann on field trips to local farms! Participants will learn about various sustainable farming practices from the farmers themselves and may have opportunities to get their hands dirty with some volunteer work. We will be visiting several farms including two alumni farms right here in the Pioneer Valley. Learn about our regional food system f
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Students Pick Local Strawberries for Campus Dining Hall

On Tuesday morning, the Hampshire College Farm crew teamed up with students attending the summer Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute (FFSI) to pick nearly 700 pounds of local strawberries at historic Warner Farm in Sunderland, MA. The purpose of the trip was not only to provide a fun learning experience for the summer farm crew and FFSI students but also to harvest berries that Bon Appetit will use in pursuit of
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Maple tapping

A Sugaring Story: Reflections on a New England Tradition

Hampshire College farmers Jason Dragon and Pete Solis led the maple sugaring efforts at Hampshire College this spring. With the help of student workers, they collected 1100 gallons of maple sap from 150 trees across campus, which they boiled down to 20 gallons of delicious maple syrup. Read a firsthand account of this age-old New England tradition from Farmer Jason: In late February, in the midst of a long brutal win
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Food, Farm, and the Health of Communities: Panel at Amherst College

Event Announcement: FOOD, FARM, AND THE HEALTH OF COMMUNITIES Monday, February 23 at 7:00pm Amherst College Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center This event is part of the Problem Solvers Speaker Series, highlighting professionals and alumni who are engaging some of the world’s most pressing challenges through creative and innovative strategies, and exploring new models and methods for addressing social and/or en
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Farm Crew Picks Blueberries for Campus Dining Hall

The Hampshire College Farm crew caught a break from the barnyard and vegetable fields yesterday on a field trip to pick low-bush blueberries in the Berkshires. The purpose of the trip was not only to provide a fun learning experience for the summer farm crew but also to harvest blueberries that Bon Appetit could use in pursuit of our 100% Local Challenge. Nancy Hanson coordinated with the General Manager of the dinin
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Greens Harvest

The Hampshire College Farm Marketplace

This morning we awoke to a thin blanket of snow, but the vibrant green blades of grass poking through prevailed and now this afternoon the sun is shining brightly on the rolling green fields of Hampshire’s campus. We are recovering from a very long winter, but even on the dreariest days there has always been a bit of green growing at the Hampshire College Farm. With the guidance of Hampshire’s CSA Manager
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Local Food, Global Interest

Arriving on the Hampshire College campus to take part in the summer 2013 Food, Farm and Sustainability Institute, Enli Li and Mengxiao Wang found themselves immersed in a new culture.
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