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Schedule, Div IV 2011: Food, Farm, and Sustainability

Jump to: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Session I, Session II, Session III, Session IV, Session V, or Session VI



Hospitality Suite with Refreshments
The perfect place to catch up with friends, check email, grab a quick snack, or just relax.
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge

Chores with Leslie: Farm Help

Miss your work-study job or just want to spend extra time on the farm? Head to the Main Farm to help with chores. Milk the cows and feed and care for all the animals on the farm.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 7-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, closed

Timber to Timbre: Sound Art Installation

    • Erin Schneider 06F, artist

Taking samples from various trees, I have translated the tree rings into musical tones. Each tree now plays the music of its inner growth process to be heard within the grove.
In the trees between the Library and Greenwich

The Politics of Food II: Food, Farm, and Sustainability: Contemporary Art Exhibit
Building on ideas explored in last fall’s Politics of Food exhibition, the main gallery will mount a show of objects and images chosen from Hampshire’s permanent collection of art and archives. Hampshire farmer Nancy Hanson’s photographs documenting the CSA program provide the anchor for an exhibition that includes work by Jerome Liebling, Kane Stewart 85F, and Rebekah Trieschman, among others. In a display specific to Hampshire, farm implements and harvest produce will be shown, along with archival photographs of the Farm Center.
Harold F. Johnson Library, Gallery

Off the Grid: Virtual Exhibit

Off the Grid started with the log cabin I grew up in and came to portray thirty families living in Maine without electricity or plumbing. Although they live similarly, their beliefs vary widely, ranging from environmentalism to evangelism to anarchism. I am drawn to the beauty of the crude, hand-made structures. Many of the systems are improvised and idiosyncratic, and the families see their homes as masterpieces. I feel it is important to engage in discussions about how our domestic lives impact the broader world, but I do not want to over-romanticize this way of living or overestimate the role it might play in resolving the global environmental crisis.
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

2010 Alumni Reel: Film Screening
Friday, Noon–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Screening of the 2010 Alumni Reel, featuring a compilation of short clips from works by alums in the film and video industry. Continuously showing.
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall




Noon-8 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

SESSION I, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
    Building the Future We Want: Responsible Buildings in an Irresponsible World
    • Pat Sapinsley 71F, architect and venture partner, Good Energies Inc.
    • Pamela Lippe 73F, president and owner, e4Inc
    The presentation will focus on the process of putting together a sustainable building project, integrating all stakeholders and team members from the beginning. This will be illustrated with a case study showing the Bank of America at One Bryant Park in New York City, the world’s first LEED Platinum skyscraper. In addition, cutting edge technologies will be discussed, all of which enable energy savings, including electrochromic glass, LED lighting, smart controls, and energy-efficient HVAC.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

    The Contested American Countryside
    The American countryside is undergoing dramatic change: its population is diversifying, traditional industries are in decline, cities are sprawling into rural counties, environmental degradation spreads, and poverty persists. But there are signs of hope: land preservation, growth of small-scale farming, development of new industries. In this session we will take a close look at the forces that are transforming rural America and ask, “What does it mean to be rural today?” Professor Bob Rakoff will facilitate the discussion.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

Open Swim in the Robert Crown Center Pool
3:30-5:30 p.m.


SESSION II, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
    Life Without Fish?

    Screening of A Sea Change with brief comments on ocean acidification and, another assault on ocean ecosystems, the excessive amounts of nutrients going into the sea causing dead zones and, in Florida, the death of dolphins. A Q and A on the film and ocean assaults will follow.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

    Planting the Seeds of Urban Food Justice in Los Angeles, Boston, and Holyoke
    • Margaret Connors 77F, co-founder, City Growers
    • Cedar Landsman 99F, Community Market Conversion Program
    • Diego Angarita Horowitz 04F, food systems organizer and youth coordinator, Nuestras Raíces
    It has been well documented that healthy food often costs more and is inaccessible to the urban poor, while diets lacking in fresh produce commonly leading to life-long health problems, difficulty in school, rampant obesity, and less productive lives, cost more to society. Advances in green technology, innovations spurred by global warming, and consumer demand for local food, however, combined with a depressed economy, make city land for farming and “greening” urban bodegas an untapped opportunity. We will discuss how food insecurity, the obesity crisis, and the food access landscape are shaping our work in the urban food justice movements taking place in Los Angeles, Boston, and Holyoke.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

Discovering Science Through Fermentation: Zymurgy Workshop

  • Chris Jarvis, dean of the School of Natural Science and associate professor of cell biology

Advance sign-up and “lab fee” required.
4-7 p.m., Cole Science, Basement Lab B-2

Dedication of the Enfield Solar Greenhouse
6 p.m.

Welcome Dinner
Remarks by Marlene Gerber Fried, interim president.
Live music by the Alex Snydman Trio with Alex Snydman 01F.
7 p.m., Red Barn (bar opens at 6:30 p.m.)

Div III Presentations

    Balancing the Bounty: Negotiating Boundaries Within a Soup Kitchen
    • Hannah Elliott 07F
    Hearts Starve as Well as Bodies: Community-Supported Agriculture in Westford, Vermont
    • Rebecca Thomas 07F
    Project EV-Xi: An Electric Vehicle Prototype
    • Jake Horsey 07F
    • Aaron Cantrell 07F

8:30-10:00 p.m., Red Barn

Coffee House and Wine Bar
10 p.m.-Midnight, Red Barn




Reinventing the Wheel, One Cheese at a Time

  • Jason Tor, associate professor of microbiology
  • Leslie Cox, Farm Center director
  • Doug Ginn 97F
  • Andrew Torrens 05F, cheesemaker and monger

Breakfast will be served. Advance sign-up and “lab fee” required.
7 a.m.-Noon, Farm Center

8 a.m.-8 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

8-9 a.m., Dining Commons

CSA Breakfast Reunion and Work Party

  • Nancy Hanson, C.S.A. program manager

Do you have fond memories of misty Friday mornings spent harvesting CSA vegetables? Do you wish you had those memories but could never quite get out of bed in time? Or have you only recently discovered your inner farmer? If so, join us for breakfast al fresco in the CSA field. Reconnect with your farming friends or make new ones. Then stick around, get your hands dirty, and help CSA Manager Nancy Hanson and current students tend this year’s veggies. All are welcome.
8-11 a.m., Farm Center

Signed Books for Sale

Signed copies of books by some of the presenters at the forum, including Michael Klare, Edward Humes 75F, and Jessica Applestone 84F, will be for sale.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

SESSION III, 9:30–11 a.m.
    Common Reading Discussion: Force of Nature
    In the spirit of the student experience, Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes will lead a discussion about his new book, Force of Nature, which tells the inside story of the struggle to redefine what it means to be green in the world of big business.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

    Farming and Food Policy
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall


Networking Lunch
Table discussions, led by alums, offer chances to meet others and engage in lively discussion.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Solar Canopy

    Sustainable Food and Business
    In running their respective locally sourced businesses, Harry and Jessica have come up against what it means to try and stay sustainable while serving customer needs, and of course, always having to keep one eye on the bottom line.
    Systems in Food: How systems work for and against the sustainable food movement, and how we can learn more about the good and the bad. Transparency is key, and knowing all the hands in the supply chain is essential to sustainable food and sustainable business. We’ll discuss how we’re working to gain that knowledge and pass it on to our customers.
    Sustainable Food: What is the role of the retailer in sustainable food? How can we work with the producers and the consumers to make sure the best product is available at the best price? We’ll discuss our own experiences with opening and running sustainable food businesses, and some of the concessions we’ve had to make and why.
    The Future: The big question on many minds in the food world is: What’s next? Some paint it as a grim monoculture cloud spreading over the world as people starve. Some see it as the rosy return to the fantasy bucolic 19th century. We think it’s somewhere in between. There are a lot of factors that will affect the future, not least consumer education and some stark realities about geography.

    Telling Your Story, How to Inspire and Engage Consumers
    How might the changing landscape of PR, new media, and DIY marketing help sustainable food producers and advocates? Can social media facilitate meaningful dialogues and relationship building?

    Beyond simply providing information, what kinds of experiential activities might engage and inspire consumers? What are some of the compelling stories that can be shared?

    We will have a common reading, Case Study: Sustainable Table, to inspire discussion but also encourage you to come and share your own experiences, ideas, and questions.

    Property and Values

    Equity Trust is a small, national, non-profit organization committed to building a sustainable economy by changing the spirit and character of our material relationships. Equity Trust helps communities to gain ownership interests in farmland, housing, and other local resources, and to balance the economic needs of individuals with the needs of their community, the earth, and future generations. Topics will include the use of shared equity land ownership for economic change; promoting local foods through whole farm preservation (beyond conservation easements); the community land trust approach to affordable housing; and community loan funds as a sustainable way of investing.

SESSION IV, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    This workshop will include discussion and presentation of foundational concepts and practices for sustainable agriculture. We will focus on practices for building and maintaining soil health and fertility, learn strategies for year-round food production and distribution, and gain a greater understanding of how to balance and maintain community-supported agriculture relationships.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

    How Green is Hampshire Really?
    • Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace and world security studies, and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies
    • Steve Roof, associate professor of earth and environmental science
    • Jonathan Wright 70F, owner and president, Wright Builders, Inc.
    Hampshire is number 10 in the Sierra Club Magazine’s top 20 of the “coolest” schools selected for their efforts to stop global warming, make a difference to the planet, and operate sustainably.” Professors Klare and Roof will talk about environmental initiatives at the College.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

    Farm Center Tour
    The Farm Center, which has been in operation for over 30 years, is now producing organic food as well as providing education to the Hampshire public. With a large vegetable CSA; animals, including rare breed dairy cows, poultry, and bees; maple syrup; summer farm camp; and more; the farm is a busy place. Come visit and see how Hampshire College uses its land resource.
    Farm Center


Open Swim in the Robert Crown Center Pool
2-5 p.m.

From Sourcing Local Ingredients to Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor

  • Sarah Klein 88F, chef

Advance sign-up and “lab fee” required.
3-5 p.m., Dakin Kitchen

SESSION V, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

    Farm Out! A Discourse on the Tyrannies of Wilderness, Agriculture, and the American Mind

    We see the Farm Center as a way to integrate agriculture into the liberal arts. College-educated students who know their Shakespeare but have no idea about where their food comes from are not educated. In our work at Wolf Park (near Chicago), we do the same thing--conservation (restoration of wolves) clashes with food production (livestock). How should an intelligent person vote on the issue? Some might see college students growing tomatoes as important, but that is not the only point of our Farm Center.
    Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

    Green Campus Tour
    Several recent Hampshire building projects epitomize the College’s commitment to sustainability, including the LEED Gold-certified Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video; the 36 kW solar voltaic array atop the Charles R. and Polly Longsworth Arts Village; and the completion of the new Enfield Solar Greenhouse. Tour these projects and learn about some of the College’s hopes for future green projects.
    Meet at the Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

Reunion Receptions
Join your classmates for wine and cheese and conversation.
The Reunion Receptions have been moved. Alums will have an invitation with details in their folders.
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Dancing
Keynote Speech: Cheap Food is Neither

7 p.m., Dining Commons (bar opens at 6 p.m.)



Registration and Check Out
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

8-10 a.m., Dining Commons

Renewable Energy, Art, and Design

Advance sign-up and “lab fee” required.
9:30 a.m.-Noon, Lemelson Center for Design, Studio Classroom

SESSION VI, 10:30 a.m.-Noon

    Tour the Greenwich Forest Garden
    • Ned Phillips-Jones 05F, founder and steward of the garden
    What is a food forest? Experience the bio-diversity garden and learn about increasing food security with ecosystem-mimicry agriculture. Greenwich Forest Garden was created in 2009 as a Div III project that now contains over 30 types of fruit crops as well as nut-producing species, medicinal and culinary herbs, and perennial vegetables.
    Greenwich, Donut 1

    • Rebecca A. Klein 97F
    Music and Dance building, Small Studio


Noon-1:30 p.m., Charles R. and Polly Longsworth Arts Village, Solar Canopy

Off-Campus Tours
Meet at the bus circle, leaving at 1 p.m.

    Australis Aquaculture, Turners Falls
    Josh Goldman 81F is the founder and CEO of Australis Aquaculture, head-quartered in Turners Falls. Australis spearheaded the introduction of Barramundi as a growing culinary trend, and is the world’s largest barramundi producer. The company operates environmentally friendly fish farms in the U.S. and Central Vietnam. Australis’s innovative farming practices address the major environmental challenges facing the fish farming industry and have been broadly recognized. The company’s mission is to help the aquaculture industry reach its potential as a sustainable alternative to diminishing wild fisheries.

    The Kitchen Garden, Sunderland

    Tim Wilcox 01S and his wife, Caroline Pam, run The Kitchen Garden farm where they grow specialty vegetables. Their culinary experiences in France and Italy inform and inspire their products and philosophy. They started farming on a piece of overgrown land cleared by hand behind their house in Hadley. In 2007, they purchased seven acres and moved their farm and their home to Sunderland. The land is divided into half-acre sections to allow different types of crops to be planted, in contrast to the vast fields of sweet corn, parsnips, and potatoes that surround. The field offers many shifting vantage points from which to enjoy the sweeping views of nearby mountains.

Memorial Service for Gai Carpenter
Gai Carpenter, longtime director of library and information services at Hampshire College, community member, and dear friend to many, passed away peacefully on April 2. All are welcome.
Harold Johnson Library Gallery


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