Hampshire College Farm and CSA

Hampshire College Farm and CSA A working farm and thriving educational center, providing both food and agricultural programs for the College, local community members, and school groups.

Hello! Welcome to the Hampshire College Farm and CSA page. With an eye toward the cultural, sustainable, and nutritional aspects of food production, the Hampshire College Farm is dedicated to feeding and educating future generations of healthy, ethical food producers and consumers. Academics at Work From studying animal behavior to agriculture, Hampshire students in a wide variety of fields use the Hampshire Farm as a hub for investigating the intellectual, political, and scientific issues surrounding food production and food systems. The Hampshire College Farm won't just teach you how to farm; it will teach you how to farm for the future. And you'll learn to eat well, too! Internships and Work-Study Opportunities Learning at Hampshire doesn’t end in the classroom. Students here live their educations and, with the internship and work-study opportunities at the Hampshire Farm, can grow their educations from the seed to the table and beyond. Visitors are Welcome Visitors and volunteers are welcome to tour the Hampshire Farm and are encouraged to get involved. As we are a working farm, certain production areas of the farm do have limited access. What is a CSA? A CSA works by having shareholders buy a share of the harvest before the season, which provides upfront capital to purchase things like seeds and supplies. Then, throughout the season, shareholders can come down to the CSA barn and pick-up their week's worth of fresh, healthy veggies, flowers, and herbs. Meat shares are also available. Our CSA provides healthy food for the 5 College community. By staying local, less energy is used to bring produce to consumers. This means receiving freshly harvested vegetables at cheaper prices. Part of being a Hampshire College Farm CSA member is making the choice to support local, organically-produced agriculture. Members know where their food is coming from and gain a stronger connection to their food and community. Contact Us To learn more about the farm or to arrange for a visit, please see our website: https://www.hampshire.edu/farm/hampshire-college-farm.

Mission: Providing fresh, organic produce for the Five College community since 1992.

Operating as usual

It's officially fall in the field across from the farm house! #fall #leafpeeping #newengland #hampshirecollege #westernm...
09/28/2020

It's officially fall in the field across from the farm house!

#fall #leafpeeping #newengland #hampshirecollege #westernmass #farmviews

Hampshire Farm Provides Free Vegetables to Students
09/24/2020
Hampshire Farm Provides Free Vegetables to Students

Hampshire Farm Provides Free Vegetables to Students

Through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, the Hampshire College Farm has extended free vegetable shares to all students living in mods. These on-campus, apartment-like houses contain kitchens, so students are able to cook their own meals in addition to enjoying on-campus dining offe...

Bailey saying hello to Gemstone's new calf, Garnet, who was born last week.
09/03/2020

Bailey saying hello to Gemstone's new calf, Garnet, who was born last week.

Division 2 student Julia Ramsey received NS funding to conduct research on the farm this summer. She will be comparing t...
07/23/2020

Division 2 student Julia Ramsey received NS funding to conduct research on the farm this summer. She will be comparing the adaptability and yield of lettuce and summer squash started in soil blocks, fiber pots, and plastic pots. We can't wait to see the results!

Remember when you were a kid and you and your friends rode around the neighborhood on your bikes pretending to be badass...
06/08/2020

Remember when you were a kid and you and your friends rode around the neighborhood on your bikes pretending to be badasses?
We no longer need to pretend. Thanks to all who donated bikes to help our social distancing efforts. #badassfarmers #weloveourbikes #farmersonthemove #hampshirecollege

5 rows of Mr Warner's red popcorn went into the ground this morning! We are very happy to have most of our summer crew w...
05/26/2020

5 rows of Mr Warner's red popcorn went into the ground this morning! We are very happy to have most of our summer crew with us this week.

An interesting article from the Boston Globe about local food and the coronavirus. They mention that there has been a su...
04/23/2020
Coronavirus pandemic should shift our focus to a more locally sourced food supply - The Boston Globe

An interesting article from the Boston Globe about local food and the coronavirus. They mention that there has been a surge in CSA participation, and here at the Hampshire Farm we have certainly seen that! We had a record number of sign-ups on our first day open! If you haven't signed up yet, spots are still available on our website.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/29/opinion/coronavirus-should-make-us-rethink-our-food-supply-changing-our-focus-locally-sourced/

A positive side effect of the pandemic: Demand for local food is through the roof.

03/24/2020
CISA

Did you miss CISA's Field Notes event this past fall? If so, here is your chance to hear some amazing stories from some amazing members of the local food system!

Now available: the full Field Notes show! Give your brain a break and enjoy these true tales of resilience, family, adapting to change, and silliness from farmers, gardeners, restaurateurs, and other local folks.

03/13/2020
Farm Update

As studnets prepare to leave campus, we just want to assure everyone that the farm staff has plans in place to make sure that our farm animals will be fed and well cared for until students return. We will keep in touch with all of you via facebook and instagram. In the meantime, enjoy this throwback piglet video. You can't help but smile. Oh, and wash your hands everybody!

03/02/2020
Maple sugar music

This was pretty much the best. What a great way to get the season going at the Hampshire College sugar shack! Thanks to all the students who came by to join in this jam (er, syrup) session.

First boil of the sweet sweet season of sugaring -Today! Come by and visit if you can.
02/24/2020

First boil of the sweet sweet season of sugaring -Today! Come by and visit if you can.

The sap is running! Are you interested in volunteering to help collect and/or boil? If so, Nancy is giving a talk with e...
02/18/2020

The sap is running! Are you interested in volunteering to help collect and/or boil? If so, Nancy is giving a talk with everything you need to know about maple syrup production and ways in which you can get involved right here on campus! Come to Cole Science Center room 333 this Friday at 12 to learn more!

Thanks to those of you who participated in our piglet poll, we had almost 70 respondents! Now we just have to wait to se...
02/10/2020

Thanks to those of you who participated in our piglet poll, we had almost 70 respondents! Now we just have to wait to see who will win.

In the meantime here is a lovely little representation of what you all said you loved most about the pigs.

02/09/2020
Hampshire College

Hampshire College

Nancy Hanson, director of farm programs, describes how students can get involved in their own food systems by helping to grow and raise vegetables and meat that are used in our dining facilites.

Mabel's piglets are here and they are so cute!
02/04/2020

Mabel's piglets are here and they are so cute!

One of the Farm Center's pigs, Roxy, is pregnant and has an estimated due date of February 12th. With the link provided ...
01/31/2020

One of the Farm Center's pigs, Roxy, is pregnant and has an estimated due date of February 12th. With the link provided below, we want you to guess how many piglets she will have and what day she will have them (they are usually off from the due date by a few days). If you guess correctly, you could win a small prize from the farm! Link to poll: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_86XXLdyuISw8qz3
Please get your guess in before February 7th!

PSA: Hampshire Farm spinach and carrots are now available to purchase at the bookstore! Grab some for dinner before they...
01/23/2020

PSA: Hampshire Farm spinach and carrots are now available to purchase at the bookstore! Grab some for dinner before they run out!

Thinking of spring? Spring Meat CSA Shares are still open for reservations. Shares will remain at $350 for the spring se...
01/22/2020

Thinking of spring? Spring Meat CSA Shares are still open for reservations. Shares will remain at $350 for the spring season. Spring shares will include three monthly pickups (February-April) of pasture and woodland raised beef and pork grown right here. Questions about the share can be addressed to April Nugent. Assistant Manager of Livestock and Pasture [email protected].

Share Registration Link: https://www.hampshire.edu/farm/community-supported-agriculture-meat

This coming Friday at noon, April and Sadie will be giving a talk on the two litters of piglets that are due this winter...
01/21/2020

This coming Friday at noon, April and Sadie will be giving a talk on the two litters of piglets that are due this winter! Come to Cole Science Center room 333 to learn more. Lunch is provided!

Piglets coming soon to a farm near you. Nancy and April have been working hard the past couple weeks to make new farrowi...
01/16/2020

Piglets coming soon to a farm near you. Nancy and April have been working hard the past couple weeks to make new farrowing stalls in the barn for our sows. Nancy also got ambitious with the sawzall and redid some of our barn siding. Hopefully Mabel appreciates all the hard work we're putting in. #pigletwatch2020 #dontleavenancywithasaw

Wishing everyone out there a happy, healthy and joyful new year. We hope to see you on the farm in 2020!
01/01/2020

Wishing everyone out there a happy, healthy and joyful new year. We hope to see you on the farm in 2020!

Still haven't found that perfect gift for your loved ones? Why not get them a fabulous spring meat share from the Hampsh...
12/17/2019

Still haven't found that perfect gift for your loved ones? Why not get them a fabulous spring meat share from the Hampshire College Farm?

Here is something sure to warm your heart on a cold winter's day... Spring Meat CSA Shares are now open for reservations. Shares will remain at $350 for the spring season. Spring shares will include three monthly pickups (February-April) of pasture and woodland raised beef and pork grown right here. Questions about the share can be addressed to April Nugent. Assistant Manager of Livestock and Pasture [email protected].

Share Registration Link: https://www.hampshire.edu/farm/community-supported-agriculture-meat

12/09/2019
Hampshire College

Hampshire College

At Hampshire, you explore questions that matter to you, work closely with experienced faculty, create your own path, and by doing so, learn how to learn. The dealines for Fall 2020 are January 15 for Early Action and February 1 for Regular Decision. There is NO FEE to apply. apply.hampshire.edu

Here is something sure to warm your heart on a cold winter's day... Spring Meat CSA Shares are now open for reservations...
12/05/2019

Here is something sure to warm your heart on a cold winter's day... Spring Meat CSA Shares are now open for reservations. Shares will remain at $350 for the spring season. Spring shares will include three monthly pickups (February-April) of pasture and woodland raised beef and pork grown right here. Questions about the share can be addressed to April Nugent. Assistant Manager of Livestock and Pasture [email protected].

Share Registration Link: https://www.hampshire.edu/farm/community-supported-agriculture-meat

Humans of Hampshire College
11/20/2019

Humans of Hampshire College

The cows of the Hampshire College Farm and CSA were seen relaxing earlier this afternoon. It was reported that they felt rather cold today, so they huddled together to stay warm. One cow is allegedly seen isolated from the herd. "Moo," the cow responded when asked for a comment.

Thanks to the help of our students, we were able to replace the plastic on our propagation house before the winter! Desp...
11/15/2019

Thanks to the help of our students, we were able to replace the plastic on our propagation house before the winter! Despite the cold, we got it done!

Last week, Nancy sat down with Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI to talk about her story for the upcoming CISA Field Notes: An...
11/05/2019
CISA | WRSI: Hampshire College Farm and Field Notes

Last week, Nancy sat down with Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI to talk about her story for the upcoming CISA Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling. Have a listen and make sure to buy your tickets to the event so that you can hear the full story!

https://www.buylocalfood.org/wrsi-hampshire-college-farm-and-field-notes/

WRSI: Hampshire College Farm and Field Notes November 1, 2019    Posted in: WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room http://www.buylocalfood.org/upload/news/2019/Hampshire.Farm.FieldNotes.11.1.19.mp3 WRSI, November 1, 2019. Nancy Hanson, Hampshire College’s Farm Director, and Alex B...

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793 West St
Amherst, MA
01002

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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(413) 559-6100

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Hello! Welcome to the Hampshire College Farm and CSA page. With an eye toward the cultural, sustainable, and nutritional aspects of sustainable food production, the Hampshire College Farm, begun in the late 1970s, is dedicated to feeding and educating future generations of healthy, ethical food producers and consumers. Our farm provides sustainably-raised, hyper-local vegetables and meat to the campus dining hall, as well as meat and vegetable CSA shares to the Hampshire and Five-College communities. We also provide a dynamic, engaging space for students to delve deeply into a wide variety of topics related to sustainable agriculture, including organic vegetable and maple syrup production, animal behavior and husbandry, food systems studies, botany, ecology, zymurgy, nutrition, and many other subjects.

Academics at Work

From studying animal behavior to sustainable agriculture, Hampshire College students in a wide variety of fields use the Hampshire College Farm as a hub for investigating the environmental, intellectual, political, and scientific issues surrounding local food production and food systems. The Hampshire College Farm won't just teach you how to farm; it will teach you how to farm for the future. And you'll learn to eat well, too!

Learning at Hampshire doesn’t end in the classroom. Students here live their educations and, with many internship and work-study opportunities available at the Hampshire Farm, can grow their educations from the seed to the table and beyond. Want to know what our students are learning? Check out this list of recent student groups, projects, and courses related to food and agriculture. Want to work or volunteer at the farm? We have internships and work-study opportunities available year-round.

About the Hampshire College Farm’s CSA

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an economic model in which shareholders buy a share of the harvest before the season, which provides upfront capital to the farmer to purchase things like seeds, compost, and supplies. Then, throughout the growing season, shareholders come to the farm and pick up their week's worth of fresh, healthy veggies, flowers, and herbs.

The Hampshire College Farm and CSA provides healthy, sustainably-raised, local food to the Five-College community. By staying local, less energy is used to bring food to consumers, which means receiving freshly-harvested vegetables at cheaper prices. Part of being a Hampshire College Farm CSA member is making the choice to support local, organically-produced agriculture. Members know where their food is coming from and gain a stronger connection to their food, farm, and community. Vegetable shares are available during the fall semester. Meat shares, featuring a variety of heritage-breed, pasture-raised meats (including beef, lamb, and pork), are available in both the spring and the fall. Want to join? Sign up now!

Visitors are Welcome

Visitors and volunteers are welcome to tour the Hampshire Farm, and are encouraged to get involved. Please be mindful that this is a working farm; visitors are encouraged to exercise caution around vehicles, machinery, and electric fences. Certain production areas do have limited access. A self-guided walking tour is available.

Learn More

To learn more about the farm or to arrange for a visit, please visit our website.


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Mr. Warner’s Popcorn has become made from scratch poppycock for my coworker’s holiday gifts! Thank you, HCCSA! http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/poppycock/
Friends at the farm, can you tell me the name of the garlic variety that we grow here at Hampshire?