It's officially fall in the field across from the farm house!
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A working farm and thriving educational center, providing both food and agricultural programs for the College, local community members, and school groups.
793 West St
|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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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.
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.
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 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.
To learn more about the farm or to arrange for a visit, please visit our website.