Sustainable Hampshire
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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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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A Living Laboratory at the Hampshire College Farm

The academic buildings tend to be quiet at Hampshire College during the summer. But down at the Hampshire College Farm, our 15 acres of vegetable fields and 65 acres of pasture serve as a living classroom and laboratory for the students of our 6 week Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute. Brian Schultz, Professor of Entomology and Ecology, is currently leading students in a hands-on experiment at the farm. With th
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Edible Pioneer Valley features Hampshire Farm

Our fertile valley is just starting to burst with early summer produce. Farm stands are laden with plump red strawberries and farmers market stalls are stuffed with glorious greens, pea shoots, and the last of spring asparagus. With this bountiful backdrop, the relaunch of the beloved publication Edible Pioneer Valley could not come at a better time! We are thrilled that there will be a chronicle of the exciting agri
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Hens Make a Home at Hampshire

It may be a dreary, rainy day at the Hampshire College Farm, but our spirits are bright because we get to spend the day with 75 baby chickens! This mix of Black Giants, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and New Hampshire Reds is just the first shipment of a total of 300 chickens that will become the new laying flock for the college. The chicks hatched yesterday and were immediately shipped out from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohi
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What’s buzzing at the farm lately? Transplants, Bees and Piglets!

It has been a busy few weeks here at the Hampshire College Farm. The student workers have been hard at work for over a week and there are muddy boots to show for it! Our vegetable crew has transplanted thousands of starts (with thousands more to go still!) into the fields including tomatoes, leeks, popcorn, and a variety of flowers for our pick-your-own fields. Those flowers will be happily pollinated by our new heal
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Transforming Lawns into Meadows

If picturing a New England college campus in their minds, many people would see wide expanses of close-cropped lawn. Here at Hampshire College, sustainability-minded students had a different image.
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Redefining College Dining: Hampshire College’s Food Plan for the Future

When Hampshire College students return to campus this fall, they will be welcomed back to a totally changed approach to food on campus.
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