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Raising breeding swine on pasture vs. woodlots

As many of you may know,  one of our recent graduates created a Gloucester Old Spots pig breeding program here at Hampshire College.  For her Division III project, April Nugent conducted research on the nutritional and environmental impacts of raising breeding swine on pasture vs. woodlots. We thought you might be interested learning the results of her research, which can be found here: https://drive.google.com/a/ham
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Update from the farm

I want to start off this blog post by acknowledging that there has been a lot of uncertainty and anxiety at Hampshire College in the last couple of weeks, due to the recent announcement about some potential future pathways for Hampshire as an institution, including seeking a strategic partner and perhaps not admitting an incoming fall class. While we are heartened that the broader community has applauded the courage
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Sheep shearing at the farm

Today we had professional sheep shearer Aaron Loux  of Busy Corner Farm here at the the Hamsphire College Farm to shear our sheep. Sheep shearing has a long history, dating back at least to the Bronze Age in ancient Crete. Although sheep were originally shorn using sharp pieces of glass or metal (yikes!), blade shears were eventually invented and are still in use today. Aaron, however, utilized machine shears, the pr
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Farming’s Future: Welcome to the New Summer Farm Crew!!

Another busy season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm. This summer we have a terrific group of hardworking interns helping with everything from raising chickens to pounding tomato stakes. One hot afternoon, while cooling off over some ice-cold drinks and popsicles, we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans. Blue DuRard Keller, a Hampshire College student, says that he has romant
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Group of students gathered around a tractor

What’s happening at the farm?

There are so many things happening at the farm right now, it’s hard to keep track! First, we want to welcome our new summer student crew. These terrific students work hard all summer long planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting to bring the Hampshire College community its fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the dining hall and the Hampshire College CSA. They also help tend the animals – including
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Welcome to Mo Phelon, Assistant Director for Livestock and Pasture!

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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