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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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Faces Behind Your Food Presents: The Kern Kafe!

Here is the second in a series of 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 staff at the Kern Kafe, including Eli Horowitz (Bakery Manager), Tori Bonazoli (Baker), Sheen Pee (Catering and Baking Assistant) and Elise Khanijao (Kern Kafe Manager). Stop by and say hello! Faces Behind Your Food – Kern
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Faces Behind Your Food Presents: Executive Chef Jamil Asad!

Check out this great interview with Executive Chef Jamil Asad, done by our Kendall Food Systems Intern, Quinn Thomashow. This is the first in a series of several interviews with a variety of 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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Welcome, Mo Phelon!

Please join the Hampshire College Farm in welcoming our new Assistant Director for Livestock and Pasture, Maureen (Mo) Phelon! Mo joins us from Westfield, MA, where she and her family raise Milking Shorthorn show cattle and shorthorn beef, along with a combination of many other farm animals. Her passion for working with animals encouraged her to attend SUNY Cobleskill and continue on to Cornell University, where she
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Faces Behind Your Food Survey

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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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