June 6 to July 1, 2016
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.
The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management; address issues in public health and politics; and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.
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.