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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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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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Clean Energy Technology & Sustainable Agriculture course offered this summer

Clean energy is becoming a priority as our global community faces the challenge of climate change. At the same time agriculture is changing to meet the needs of a more environmentally aware consuming public. For the second summer, an intercollegiate and collaborative course brings together students at Holyoke Community College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to learn a variety of emergi
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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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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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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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Part I: National Science Foundation Course Envisions Renewable Energy Systems on Hampshire’s Farm

Guest Post by Joshua Minot F12 From June 8th through 18th, Hampshire College was home to a National Science Foundation supported course that explores topics of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and manners in which the two can compliment each other. As part of a broader six-week course in partnership with Holyoke Community College and The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the time spent at Hampshire serve
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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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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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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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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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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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Farm Crew Picks Blueberries for Campus Dining Hall

The Hampshire College Farm crew caught a break from the barnyard and vegetable fields yesterday on a field trip to pick low-bush blueberries in the Berkshires. The purpose of the trip was not only to provide a fun learning experience for the summer farm crew but also to harvest blueberries that Bon Appetit could use in pursuit of our 100% Local Challenge. Nancy Hanson coordinated with the General Manager of the dinin
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Hampshire Hosts Screening of Local Farming Documentary

On Wednesday night, over 130 people gathered at Hampshire’s Red Barn to view the live broadcast of WGBY’s new documentary “A Long Row in Fertile Ground.” The event was spurred by Hampshire’s Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, an 8 credit academic program with students hailing from as far East as China and as far south as Georgia. The FFS students have visited several area farms th
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