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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in the fields

2015 Internships, Apprenticeships, and Employment – Pioneer Valley Farms

This list is frequently updated. Please check back often! Employment Opportunities: Queen’s Greens, a small, diversified vegetable operation in North Amherst is currently hiring for the 2015 growing season. Seeking candidate that has 1+ years experience in field work. Greenhouse, washroom and other experience a plus. Contact Danya: kingcreek.queensgreens@gmail.com Warner Farm, a 10th generation family farm in Sunderl
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Poster: Vang - Map of My Kingdom

Performances about Contemporary Farming at UMass in March

Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate and founder of the national organization Agarts will present two plays at Bowker Auditorium this spring as part of her artist’s residency centered around agriculture and the arts at University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The plays, Vang and Map of My Kingdom, both tackle urgent social, political, and economic issues facing America’s farmers today. Mary will accompany th
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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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Local Food, Global Interest

Arriving on the Hampshire College campus to take part in the summer 2013 Food, Farm and Sustainability Institute, Enli Li and Mengxiao Wang found themselves immersed in a new culture.
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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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