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’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 STAR (Sow to Achieve Results) is a small committee of students, faculty, and staff appointed by President Jonathan Lash. Committee members commit to regular meetings and on-going work representing and communicating with the Hampshire Community as a whole. The Farm STAR 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. Committee meeting notes are posted on the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Blog.
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.