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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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Researching and Raising Gloucester Old Spots

As promised in the previous post, we wanted to provide you with more details on the Gloucester Old Spot breeding program, a student-run project by April Nugent, 15F, funded by the Coppinger Research Grant. This study involves breeding heritage pigs in two separate environments (pasture and woodlot) and then comparing the pigs raised on pasture with the pigs raised on woodlot, with the goal of providing baseline data
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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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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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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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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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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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