The mission of the Hampshire College Farm is to enhance and exemplify Hampshire’s approach to a liberal arts 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 College’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.
The Farm Committee is a small group of students, faculty, and staff appointed by the academic dean. Committee members commit to regular meetings and ongoing work representing and communicating with the Hampshire community as a whole. The Farm 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.
The farm, like the rest of Hampshire College, has worked hard on its sustainability efforts. From organic crop production to solar-powered tractors, we strive to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and equitable future for generations to come. For more details, please visit our sustainability page.
Created in the late 1970s as an experimental research project of the natural science faculty, the Hampshire College Farm continues to be a place where students and faculty integrate science and alternative technology as a means for testing sustainable methods of farming. The farm expanded its scope in 1992, when some students began a 30-member organic vegetable CSA as a Division III project. The Hampshire College Farm now produces over 75,000 pounds of organic produce on 15 acres of land, with an additional 65 acres in pasture and livestock production--all while maintaining its academic roots. You can read a history of the beginning of the farm, written by Ray and Lorna Coppinger, in the book Fields of Learning: the Student Farm Movement in North America.