Farm Mission and Vision

The mission of the Hampshire College Farm is to enhance and exemplify Hampshire’s approach to a liberal arts education.

The farm:

  • supports teaching and research opportunities for faculty and students;
  • serves as a model for land stewardship and ecological agricultural practices; and
  • provides a “living lab” for Hampshire’s values, particularly in the areas of sustainability, social justice, community-building, and experiential education.

Our vision is of a thriving, well-run farm that inspires interdisciplinary inquiry through the enterprise of ethical and sustainable food production; fosters connection to place and community through authentic and practical work; and provides opportunities for research, individual creativity, reflection, and recreation. We see the operation and governance of the farm, and our potential to influence similar efforts at other colleges, as powerful components of Hampshire’s pursuit of a larger mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, inquiry, and ethical citizenship that inspires students to contribute to knowledge, justice, and positive change and, by doing so, to transform higher education.

Farm STAR Committee

The Farm STAR (Sow to Achieve Results) Committee is a small group of students, faculty, and staff appointed by the academic dean. Committee members commit to regular meetings and on-going work representing and communicating with the Hampshire community as a whole. The Farm STAR Committee works with the multiple segments of the community involved with and interested in the farm to advance and implement a broad vision of the farm’s role in the future, which includes a Five-Year Strategic Plan.

Read the Five-Year Strategic Plan

History of the Farm

Created in the late 1970s as an experimental project of the natural science faculty, the Hampshire farm continues to be a place where students and faculty integrate science and alternative technology as a means for testing sustainable methods of farming. You can read a full history of the farm written by Ray and Lorna Coppinger in the book Fields of Learning: the Student Farm Movement in North America.

Download excerpt from Fields of Learning

Follow the Farm

You can stay up-to-date with farm happenings by following the farm on Facebook, Instagram, and the Food, Farm, and Sustainability blog. Please see links below.

Connect with the Farm
Learn. Eat. Experience.
The Hampshire College Farm provides educational opportunities for the community and welcomes student and faculty projects, research, and coursework. The farm is also a place to enjoy the landscape, visit with animals, study, and host events.
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100% Local Food Challenge
Hampshire College is going to test the limits of regional sustainable agriculture by sourcing nearly 100 percent of food on campus locally.
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Food, Farm, and Sustainability Blog
Keep up to date on Hampshire's Sustainability Initiative, our 100% local food challenge, and more on the FFS blog.
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With The Hampshire College Farm
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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002