UMass Student Farm

UMass Student Farm The UMass Student Farm grows certified organic produce and manages 12 acres of land, split between the UMass Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield and the new Agricultural Learning Center, located just outside of campus.
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The use of ecologically sound practices is a high priority, and each generation of Student Farmers continues to explore areas of growth and improvement for our environmental stewardship, while evaluating the trade-offs or benefits for our level of small-scale production agriculture. With each passing year of students at the helm, the Student Farm continues to grow dynamically, both in size and scope.

Mission: As UMass student farmers, we commit to providing our campus community with nutritious, organically grown, local produce. We cultivate student empowerment through hands-on agricultural production and by educating our peers about the importance of creating a healthier food system.

Operating as usual

Wishing you all a peaceful winter rest with time to reflect on both the challenges and rewards of the past year.  Our fa...
12/29/2020
Student Farm Handbooks | Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Wishing you all a peaceful winter rest with time to reflect on both the challenges and rewards of the past year. Our farmers have completed their 2020 handbook and are ready to pass the torch to the next generation. Bring it on 2021 - we are ready!
https://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/student-farm-handbooks

Every fall, the Student Farm crew does an in-depth analysis of the season. Records are checked, crops are analyzed, and recommendations are made for the next year's class. We compile all of this final student work into a yearly handbook, both to stand as a record of the season and to serve as a text...

We hope everybody had a lovely Thanksgiving! Slide to see photos of our produce being turned into some amazing dishes......
11/28/2020

We hope everybody had a lovely Thanksgiving! Slide to see photos of our produce being turned into some amazing dishes....stuffing, purple mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, beets turnips carrots shallots & garlic 😍 Stay warm, safe, and healthy and we will see you all next year!

Time to mulch the garlic! #thatsawrap
11/19/2020

Time to mulch the garlic! #thatsawrap

Current & future CSA members.....thoughts on a flower CSA for next fall? (Pick-your-own bouquets could be involved🌻)Than...
11/18/2020

Current & future CSA members.....thoughts on a flower CSA for next fall? (Pick-your-own bouquets could be involved🌻)
Thank you to Umass photographer John Solem for taking these beautiful photos!

Please check this out, spread the word and share! @amherstsurvival
11/17/2020

Please check this out, spread the word and share!
@amherstsurvival

Your 2020 student farmers. Endurance, grit, and swag on swag on swag. Many thanks to all who supported us through this y...
11/12/2020

Your 2020 student farmers. Endurance, grit, and swag on swag on swag. Many thanks to all who supported us through this year and a heartier thank you to these stellar folks who grew your food. 💪

Gorgeous kale bunches for our CSA share! Would you rather hold a bouquet of flowers or a kale bunch on your wedding day....
11/06/2020

Gorgeous kale bunches for our CSA share! Would you rather hold a bouquet of flowers or a kale bunch on your wedding day....be honest it’s kale

Garlic planting time
10/27/2020

Garlic planting time

Today is our CSA pickup day & here is what this week’s share looks like. 😍 Have a great weekend!
10/23/2020

Today is our CSA pickup day & here is what this week’s share looks like. 😍

Have a great weekend!

Brussels sprouts looking good. The 2020 farmers are no joke!
10/22/2020

Brussels sprouts looking good. The 2020 farmers are no joke!

10/21/2020

Want to join our crew for 2021? We are now accepting applications for next season. If you are an undergrad or graduate student in the five college network and are interested in growing organic vegetables for your campus community fill out an application using the link below 👇👨‍🌾

https://stockbridge.cns.umass.edu/SFE-class

Turn up for turnips 🎉
10/20/2020

Turn up for turnips 🎉

Having bunches of fun this morning. Pick up some of these beautiful carrots at your local @bigyfoods this week
10/20/2020

Having bunches of fun this morning. Pick up some of these beautiful carrots at your local @bigyfoods this week

Sunrise in the arugala. We are SO tired, but this view never gets old.
09/25/2020

Sunrise in the arugala. We are SO tired, but this view never gets old.

Our Un-Beet-Able Beets will be at Big Y Foods for the next weeks! Come get them while they’re still there!
09/03/2020

Our Un-Beet-Able Beets will be at Big Y Foods for the next weeks! Come get them while they’re still there!

09/01/2020

Potato time!

Last planting of the 2020 season!
08/28/2020

Last planting of the 2020 season!

Our produce can now be found in the Amherst, Northampton, Greenfield and South Hadley stores. We are so grateful for thi...
08/15/2020

Our produce can now be found in the Amherst, Northampton, Greenfield and South Hadley stores. We are so grateful for this partnership with Big Y. Stop in today! @bigyfoods

08/14/2020

Our chicks have arrived! They will be raised by students enrolled in our animal husbandry class taught by @nikkiboom. #chickmagnet

08/06/2020
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Founded in 2007, the UMass Student Farm provides our campus community with nutritious, organic local produce. Their food is served not only in UMass Dining, but is sold at grocery stores, student businesses like Earthfoods and Peoples Market, and in CSAs. Thank you for the delicious produce, farmers!

View from the top of the farm. #August #3weekstillclassesstart #staysafe
08/05/2020

View from the top of the farm. #August #3weekstillclassesstart #staysafe

We didnt beat the rain. #mudbabies #4thofjulyworkers #crushingit
07/03/2020

We didnt beat the rain. #mudbabies #4thofjulyworkers #crushingit

Trying to beat the rain this morning
07/03/2020

Trying to beat the rain this morning

The crew is back! Brocolli going in, things are looking up on the farm.
07/01/2020

The crew is back! Brocolli going in, things are looking up on the farm.

Socially distant potato weeding on this cool cloudy morning
06/30/2020

Socially distant potato weeding on this cool cloudy morning

Yikes!!
06/29/2020

Yikes!!

Hey! It hasn't rained in a month and its 90 + degrees. Best of luck to these guys...🤞💦
06/22/2020

Hey! It hasn't rained in a month and its 90 + degrees. Best of luck to these guys...🤞💦

06/17/2020

#june

The UMass Student Farm stands in uncompromising solidarity with the Black community during this difficult time. Black li...
06/16/2020

The UMass Student Farm stands in uncompromising solidarity with the Black community during this difficult time. Black lives have always mattered and will always matter. We have shared in the frustration and grief of the Black community as we continue to witness the racial injustices that have devastated Black people for generations. The pain being expressed right now is not only a response to Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Kendrick Johnson, Sean Reed, Tamla Horsford, George Floyd, or any number of other Black people whose deaths have not received media attention; rather, this outrage is also in response to deeply rooted systemic injustices in health care, criminal justice, political systems, and even food and nutrition equity in the United States.

To stand with Black Lives Matter is merely the first level of commitment to justice at the UMass Student Farm. To support this movement is to advocate for basic human rights. Black lives are worthy, beloved, and needed. At the farm, we’ve asked ourselves how we can further contribute to much-needed change in our own community. How can we make a difference in the BIPOC community? How can we be actively anti-racist? We’ve put together a list of actions to which we have committed and we welcome further input.

We pledge to:
-Advocate for defunding campus police and investing in the wellbeing of Black and Brown students
-Support Afro-American Studies at UMass through advocating for the reinstatement of Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, the former Department Chair who was unjustly removed from her position
-Encourage students to get involved with the DEI Student Council and the task force for anti-racism
-Support pre-existing diversity initiatives on campus such as CMASS, Building Bridges, the Black Student Union, She is Goals, and the Women of Color Leadership Network
-Host an annual fundraising event, the first of which will be in the fall of 2020, to raise money for a Black Lives Matter organization
-Support Black-owned businesses and farms by purchasing seeds and supplies through them

We hear you and we will continue to fight with you and for you. Change is long overdue. We will not stop until justice is served.

When the equipment breaks don't let it break you #seedingbyhand #hopethisworks #parsnips
06/12/2020

When the equipment breaks don't let it break you #seedingbyhand #hopethisworks #parsnips

The spuds are up! Out of the blue
05/27/2020

The spuds are up! Out of the blue

05/20/2020
UMass Student Farms Carry On Despite Challenges

That's right we are still selling shares and producing food for our campus community with boxed share distribution to begin in September. Check out what we have been up to!👇👩‍🌾👨‍🌾 And BUY A SHARE NOW!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTnBWOD5yts&feature=youtu.be

Without students, essential staff at the Agricultural Learning Center is planting the fields. In July, hopefully 6-10 students from Stockbridge School of Agr...

The lambs are here. Can you baaaaaalieve it?!
05/13/2020

The lambs are here. Can you baaaaaalieve it?!

“What’s your favorite tater?”“Brian Williams.”“Well that’s just a common tater!”Potato planting time! @ South Deerfield,...
05/06/2020

“What’s your favorite tater?”
“Brian Williams.”
“Well that’s just a common tater!”

Potato planting time! @ South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Beautiful day for a new arrival on the farm! Taking name suggestions for our brand new tractor.  Leave your suggestions ...
04/29/2020

Beautiful day for a new arrival on the farm! Taking name suggestions for our brand new tractor. Leave your suggestions in the comments 👇🙌🌱 @ UMass Student Farm

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Sunset over the Student Farm...
I love that this organization creates a community centered around growing food that is beneficial for the people and our environment! Because of social distancing, I have been trying to support organizations such as this one. In my search I came across a Youtube trailer for a Netflix documentary called "Kiss the Ground" that details how important the role of growing our food and practicing regenerative agriculture is in reversing the effects of climate change! This film is directed by activist and director duo Josh and Rebecca Tickell and features various celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and Ian Somerhalder! It is so inspiring to see a film that provides such an uplifting message of unity about coming together to save our planet! I thought that this page would really enjoy this film because of the way it aligns with your outlook on growing food that benefits the environment. I watched the film the day it premiered and it completely changed my perspective and left me feeling so inspired! I will drop the link to the official trailer, and I’d love to know what you think!
This hawk was circling over the chicks this morning.
Our Ag Learning Center bear is back!
Please join us for the 6th annual ThinkFOOD conference in Great Barrington on Saturday, April 13th. The theme is "Berkshire Pollinators" and will feature keynote speaker Thomas Seeley, author of bestselling book Honeybee Democracy. There will be hands-on workshops on backyard beekeeping, planting pollinator gardens, preserving fruit, a honey tasting with the American Honey Tasting Society, and much more. It is FREE for students to attend and space is limited, so register today! https://simons-rock.edu/academics/program-overview/food-studies/thinkfood.php
Hey... Student Farm tee spotted at the beach in South Florida!
Missing you all on Friday’s. Thanks another great CSA season.
Thanks for another wonderful season!
Join Talking Truth for our last program of Fall 2018... Thurs 11/15, 6:00-8:00pm, Goodell Lounge With Thanks: Pre-Thanksgiving Connections in Food and Art (with Emily Tareila, MFA candidate) Share in a meal and facilitated conversations around harvest, gratitude, families, waste, fear, legacy, hope, and more. We will also be utilizing natural dyes and textiles to support this work. Bring some food or drink to share, if possible.
Hey, you all are in the Collegian!
Spotted a Student Farm shirt at the Jimmy Buffet concert at Jones Beach tonight!