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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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Support Hampshire College and the Farm – Donate by June 30th for a 1:1 Match

We hope you love Hampshire College – and the Hampshire College Farm – as much as we do. All the great work that gets done here, from a student-run heritage pig breeding program to delivering fresh, sustainably-grown Hampshire College Farm produce directly the campus dining hall, can only be done with your support. Together, let’s raise $150,000 between now and June 30th to support these great initiatives
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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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What do you know about the faces behind our food?

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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Local food systems by the numbers

For those of you who are interested in local food systems, FINE (Farm to Institution New England) has written an interesting six-part blog series on food metrics, called “Measuring Up”. The entire series can be accessed here. Some highlights include: The struggle around defining “local”: While some institutions create their own definitions of local, others use third-party tools or federal/stat
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What’s new? A Hampshire College Food Systems Panel… and Cooking Class!

Here at Hampshire College 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 S
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Thanks to volunteers, the Hampshire College Fall Festival was a big success!!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who made the Fall Festival such a success!! From selling popcorn to monitoring traffic, from pressing apple cider to showing off pigs, we really appreciate your hard work, and couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you, thank you!! Thanks also to the bands, the vendors, and, of course, all of the visitors who came out visit the farm. We hope you had a great time an
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In Memoriam: Ray Coppinger, founding faculty member of Hampshire College and the Farm

The Hampshire College Farm is saddened by the passing of Ray Coppinger, internationally-renowned animal behaviorist and founding faculty member of both Hampshire College and the Hampshire College Farm. As many of you may know, the Hampshire College Farm originated in the late 70s as a research facility centered around a variety of aspects of raising sheep. One prominent part of the research involved animal behavior &
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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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The wildflower field is abuzz with activity

Passers-by the wildflower field at Hampshire’s main entrance may have noticed some “Bee” signs, along with some green flagging tape, in the middle of our beautifully-flowering field. These indicators surround a new, short-term home for a hive of honey bees who are being used to conduct research on a gut pathogen in bumblebees. Lynn Adler, a biologist at UMass Amherst, was on campus recently and noti
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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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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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Div III Agroecology Student Gains Valuable Insights at Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

A guest post by Div III student Joshua Minot, who is studying Acroecology with a focus on pasture-based animal agriculture. January 15th marked the start of the 20th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference hosted in Fairlee, Vermont—an event that brings together a wide variety of stakeholders from across New England. The conference was hosted by the University of Vermont Extension and offered an opportunity t
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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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Fall 2015 Farmer Speaker Series

Introducing a speaker series at the Hampshire College Farm that will bring local farmers and food producers to campus to share their experience and expertise with students. This series is organized by Robin Roblee-Strauss F’14 in collaboration with Hampshire Farm staff, and is sponsored by the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation and The Growing Farmers Collective.  
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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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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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Highlighted Course: Mark Feinstein’s Agriculture, Culture, and Ecology of West Ireland

Spaces are still available for Mark Feinstein’s incredible interdisciplinary course in West Ireland this summer! Learn about the intersections of agriculture, culture, and ecology in one of the most beautiful places in the world: THE WEST OF IRELAND: agriculture, culture and ecology CS-242S Instructor: Mark Feinstein Course dates: May 28 – June 11, 2015. Fee: $2100 plus airfare. There is still room available in
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