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Earth Day 2015: Food System Visionaries Look to Colleges and Universities for Change

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Hampshire College Food, Farm, and Sustainability office brought together panelists David Orr of Oberlin College, Margaret Christie of CISA (Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture), and Andy Kendall of the Kendall Foundation for a question and answer session on regional food systems change moderated by Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash. The discussion began with a question
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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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Staking tomatoes

Friday Food + Farm Features – Focus on Farmworkers

This is a week to consider deeply the role of labor in our food system, to critically consider the systemic injustices that are consistently perpetrated by transnational agribusinesses as well as smaller farm owners. It is time to look beyond the labels organic, local, and fair and to reconstruct a food system that rewards business for treating produce better than the people who grow it. Farmworkers in Baja Californi
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Equipment

Highlighted Course: Mark Feinstein’s Agriculture, Culture, and Ecology of West Ireland

Spaces are still available for Mark Feinstein’s incredible interdisciplinary course in West Ireland this summer! Learn about the intersections of agriculture, culture, and ecology in one of the most beautiful places in the world: THE WEST OF IRELAND: agriculture, culture and ecology CS-242S Instructor: Mark Feinstein Course dates: May 28 – June 11, 2015. Fee: $2100 plus airfare. There is still room available in
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Maple tapping with farm work study students

Friday Food + Farm Features

Here at the Hampshire College Farm, we often find ourselves discussing the latest articles, videos, and academic writings about food and agriculture at our staff meetings, shared lunches, and coffee breaks. The content we share as a staff both deconstructs our understandings of what it means to eat and farm and helps us to assemble new perspectives and practices. We’ve decided to put together a list of what we are ta
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in the fields

2015 Internships, Apprenticeships, and Employment – Pioneer Valley Farms

This list is frequently updated. Please check back often! Employment Opportunities: Queen’s Greens, a small, diversified vegetable operation in North Amherst is currently hiring for the 2015 growing season. Seeking candidate that has 1+ years experience in field work. Greenhouse, washroom and other experience a plus. Contact Danya: kingcreek.queensgreens@gmail.com Warner Farm, a 10th generation family farm in Sunderl
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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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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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What does the farm mean to you?

Introducing: Friday Farm + Food Features!

Here at the Hampshire College Farm, we often find ourselves discussing the latest articles, videos, and academic writings about food and agriculture at our staff meetings, shared lunches, and coffee breaks. The content we share as a staff both deconstructs our understandings of what it means to eat and farm and helps us to assemble new perspectives and practices. We’ve decided to put together a list of what we are ta
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making kimchi

From Cabbages to Kimchi

Mark Twain once said “Cauliflower is nothing more than cabbage with a college education.” Well, here at Hampshire we might say that kimchi is nothing more than cabbage with a college education. Yesterday, students in Tamara Stenn’s Social Entrepreneurism and Food Sustainability class trudged through thigh-high snow from campus down to the Farm Center to make kimchi, using vegetables from the Farm
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Results from the Farm Strategic Planning Survey

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY—DRAFT FARM STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY January 9, 2015   OVERVIEW The Farm Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives reporting to President Lash and facilitated by David Grant, spent Fall 2014 “planning to plan;” gathering information, engaging new, current and former stakeholders, surfacing different perspectives, organizing critical issues and decisi
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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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The Fall Festival and What the Farm Means to You!

Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and community members flocked to the Hampshire College Farm on Saturday for the annual Fall Festival during Family and Friends Weekend. It was a perfect fall day to enjoy great music, delicious food, and the company of friends at the Farm! Crowds streamed down from campus toward the Farm all afternoon, led by the sounds of blues phenom Eli Catlin and Alumni American
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Healthy Food Transition Selected for Washington Center’s Civic Engagement Award

Food, Farm, and Sustainability Director Beth Hooker and Dean of Students Byron McCrae traveled to Washington DC this past week to accept a Higher Education Civic Engagement award presented by the Washington Center and New York Life Foundation. Hampshire was selected from a pool of 100 nominations for innovations in civic engagement around the Sustainability Initiative, specifically the Healthy Food Transition. From H
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The Faces behind your Food: Jim Lachance

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. Our first conversation is with Jim Lachance, the General Manager of Bon Appetit Dining Services at Hampshire Co
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Food Brings Us Together

We had a very exciting week welcoming students to campus; harvesting and feasting in celebration of the coming year! On Tuesday after Convocation, students, faculty, and staff were welcomed to the Community Dinner out on the library lawn. Hampshire’s dining service provider Bon Appetit prepared an incredible local feast that featured pork and fresh vegetables grown on the Hampshire College Farm. Here is the lis
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collard greens

Food Forum on Thursday

Come hear about Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition and partnership with dining service provider Bon Appetit Management Company. Nicole Tocco, Senior Fellow for Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation and Jess Marsh Wissemann, Hampshire’s Food, Farm and Sustainability Coordinator will lead a discussion on campus dining. Topics of discussion will include Bon Appetit’s partnership with the Hampshire
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in the fields

Volunteer at the farm tomorrow!

Calling all students: come volunteer at the farm tomorrow from 1am – 2pm with Nicole Tocco, Senior Fellow for the Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation. We will be helping farmer Jason do some much needed weeding! Let’s get out and enjoy the sunshine! Lunch is provided but you have to RSVP ASAP!
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Welcome Back Students!

Whether you are a returning student ready to tackle Div III or a first-year student itching to discover all that Hampshire has to offer, there are many ways to get involved with food, farm, and sustainability this fall! Peruse this list of groups, programs, activities, and events and get ready to become an active part of Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition! Join a student group…or start a new one! There a
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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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