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Student Groups, Courses, and Projects Related to Food and Agriculture

Student Groups Related to Food and Agriculture

Mixed Nuts is a student-run co-op, which has provided reasonably priced organic and natural food to the Hampshire community since 1972.

Greenhouse Student Group works to upkeep the Enfield Solar Greenhouse and the Cole Science Bioshelter, which are spaces for growing plants and food, learning about environmental sustainability, and for events that bring the Hampshire community together.

The Cooking Club shares knowledge on cooking healthy, enjoyable meals, and discusses related topics such as food justice and sustainability.

EPEC supports student work that is not otherwise represented. In Fall 2017, there was an EPEC course on breeding and raising heritage pigs, held at the Hampshire College Farm. Other EPEC courses on similar topics may be offered in the future.

The Animal Behavior Club host speakers, discussions, and events related to animal behavior. Many animal behavior studies are hosted at the Farm.

New Leaf supports sustainability projects at Hampshire and throughout the 5-college system.

Recent Courses at Hampshire

  • Critical Ethnography: Following the Chinese Food
  • Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, and Agroecology
  • Food and Health
  • Animal Behavior (I and II)
  • Animals and the Law
  • Sustainable Water Resources
  • Plant Biology: Foundations and Frontiers
  • Anthropology, Food, and Nutrition
  • Hop Chemistry
  • Race, Power, and Food History
  • Primitive Comfort: Writing about Food
  • Abundance: Making Art and Politics with and from a Land-Base
  • Zymurgy
  • Wild Foods
  • Agriculture, Ecology, and Society
  • Terrestrial Ecology and Natural History
  • Nutritional Anthropology
  • Molecules of Farm and Forest

Recent Student Projects

  • Smallholder Agriculture and Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Rare Breeds, Real Cheese, and Why We Should Save Both
  • Limitations to Hayfield Growth and Recommendations for Improvement: A Case Study of the Hampshire Farm and CSA
  • Climate Change and Agriculture: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions: Research for a Changing World
  • Nutritional and Environmental Impact of Raising Breeding Swine on Pasture and Woodlot: An Exploration of the Role of Heritage Pigs in Local Food Systems
  • It Takes a Valley: Community Responses to Food Insecurity in Western Massachusetts
  • By Our Powers Combined: Case Studies in Cooperative Farming
  • Healing Our Environment: The Intersections Between Food, Justice, and Health
  • Agricultural Systems Thinking: Re-designing urban farming systems that are radically inclusive of marginalized communities
  • (M)eat: Innocent until Proven Guilty (A comparison of grass and grain-fed beef)
  • Facing the Future of Food: A spatial and economic analysis of local food systems in Massachusetts
  • Sustainability in Action: Moving toward an agricultural ethos
  • Land of Fish and Rice: Agriculture, Eutrophication, and Phytoremediation in China's Chao Lake
  • Sustainable Aquaponics: The Future of Institutional Food
  • Temporally produced nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from differently managed agricultural soils: relative contributions from bacteria and fungi
  • Transport and Fate of Lead Arsenate pesticides at an Amherst, Massachusetts Pear Orchard
  • Vocal Correlates of Physiological Stress in Sheep
  • Learning in Context: Using a Farm as an Educational Tool
  • Nitrogen Cycling in Organic Agricultural Systems
  • Cooperative Extension and Progressive Change in U.S. Agriculture
  • Under the Canopy: Investigating the Effects of Arsenic on a Microbial Population Under Anaerobic Conditions in a Collection of Flooded Soils From an Atkins Farm Apple Orchard
  • Micronutrient Foliar Fertilization of Aquaponic Basil: The role of Fe and other metals in foliar fertilization at Bioshelters, Inc.

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