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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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Div III Agroecology Student Gains Valuable Insights at Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

A guest post by Div III student Joshua Minot, who is studying Acroecology with a focus on pasture-based animal agriculture. January 15th marked the start of the 20th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference hosted in Fairlee, Vermont—an event that brings together a wide variety of stakeholders from across New England. The conference was hosted by the University of Vermont Extension and offered an opportunity t
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Food, Farming, and Climate: Discussions at Hampshire and in Paris

While national leaders met in Paris this past week to work toward collaborative solutions to climate change, author and 5 College professor Michael Klare delivered the annual Jackie Pritzen Lecture here at Hampshire College, focusing on conflict and resource depletion in the climate change era. Klare described a future in which croplands in Africa, Asia, and America turn to dustbowls, fisheries fail, and billions of
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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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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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Fall 2015 Farmer Speaker Series

Introducing a speaker series at the Hampshire College Farm that will bring local farmers and food producers to campus to share their experience and expertise with students. This series is organized by Robin Roblee-Strauss F’14 in collaboration with Hampshire Farm staff, and is sponsored by the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation and The Growing Farmers Collective.  
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The Annual Fall Festival at the Hampshire College Farm

Celebrate fall with a festival of food, art, and activities at the Hampshire College Farm! Enjoy hayrides, hot cider, maple cotton candy, delicious local lunch, farm tours, student presentations, a recipe contest, an artisan market, and live music from talented local bands!   You are Invited! Hampshire College Fall Festival Saturday October 24th Noon-4PM @ The Hampshire College Farm (Rain Location: Red Barn) MUS
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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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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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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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August on the Farm, in Photos

August is the most beautiful time of year here at the Hampshire College Farm. The vegetable fields are bursting with produce in anticipation of our first CSA distribution next week, the pick-your-own flower fields are in full bloom, and tomatoes are ripening by the bucketful. There are cows, chickens, lambs, and pigs on glorious green pastures. Come by for a walk, reserve a vegetable or meat CSA share, or schedule a
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1200 Pounds of Blueberries Bound for Campus Dining Hall!

How many blueberries would it take to feed Hampshire College for a year? This was the question campus farmer Nancy Hanson asked dining service general manager Jim Lachance last July. Farmer Nancy proposed to take her hard working crew of student farmers out of the campus vegetable fields and up to the blueberry barrens of the Berkshires to pick enough berries to supply the dining for the entire school year. According
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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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Part II: National Science Foundation Course Envisions Renewable Energy Systems on Hampshire’s Farm

Guest Post by Joshua Minot F12 Continued from Part I Professor Fred Wirth and Farmer Pete Solis extol the design features of the farm’s wind turbine. In their second week at Hampshire College, students enrolled in the National Science Foundation Course Clean Energy Technology and Sustainable Agriculture moved on to investigate wind power and solar thermal technologies. Fred Wirth, associate professor of physics
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Hampshire President Jonathan Lash on Food Justice

As a contributor for the Huffington Post, Hampshire College president Jonathan Lash blogs about a wide range of topics ranging from education to climate change, drawing from his experience as president of World Resources Institute (WRI), senior staff attorney of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer. President Lash has highlighted Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition i
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Hampshire Farmer Pete Solis Shares his “Eggspertise” on WBUR’s Here and Now

Hampshire’s Livestock and Pasture Manager Pete Solis met up with reporter Jeremy Hobson of WBUR’s Here and Now this spring to walk the aisles of a Boston supermarket and decode the various certifications, labeling, and marketing of eggs. Have you ever wanted to know the difference between “cage free” “Certified Humane” “pasture raised” and “Organic”? Listen
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Pancake Breakfast with Mixed Nuts!

To cap off our exciting Earth Day events, the Hampshire College Farm teamed up with Bon Appetit and Mixed Nuts to host a pancake breakfast at the Roos-Rohde house this morning. Students, faculty, and staff followed the scent of fresh flapjacks across campus and gathered at the Community Garden for an outdoor breakfast in the sunshine. Jim Lachance, General Manager of Bon Appetit Dining Services at Hampshire made his
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