The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center. Over a 4-week period, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects.
This program combines classroom instruction and practical experience, and is located mainly at the Hampshire College Farm Center. Students learn about organic vegetable production and sustainable animal husbandry at the Farm Center, which provides food to more than 200 farm share members; they learn about microbiology through making cheese and fermentation through making sauerkraut; and cultural practices through growing heritage varieties and breeds. Each week of the program has a thematic focus, and faculty members from Hampshire College and other Five College institutions provide a holistic view of the topics through lectures, discussion groups, and experiential learning opportunities.
The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Program is a four week program. Hampshire College recommends the equivalent of 4 academic credits for the completion of this program.