Student painting on the farm

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

  • Entrepreneurial Approaches to Food Systems Change
  • Agriculture, Ecology, Society
  • Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • Zymurgy
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Food and Health
  • Critical Ethnography: Following the Chinese Food
  • Botanical Solutions: From Botany to Action
  • Animal Behavior
  • Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, and Agroecology
  • Hop Chemistry
  • Controversies in Agriculture
  • Meeting Lacan: On the Couch, In the Classroom, On the Farm
  • The Future of Food
  • The Contested American Countryside
  • Farming in America
  • From Generation to Generation: Seed-Saving in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Kitchen Ecology
  • The Microbial Farm
  • Pesticide Alternatives

Recent Student Projects

  • Acorn Kitchen Internship-Local Sustainable Food Production
  • Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder and Potential Solutions
  • Reconstructing wildlife meadows from manicured lawns on the Hampshire College campus
  • Animal Behavior and Physiology
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Field, Forest, Farm, and Food
  • Healing Our Environment: The Intersections Between Food, Justice, and Health
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Water Resource/Agricultural Systems Design
  • 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
  • Farm to Camp: Creating Lasting Effects for a Healthier Life
  • Sustainability in Action: Moving toward an agricultural ethos
  • Land of Fish and Rice: Agriculture, Eutrophication, and Phytoremediation in China's Chao Lake
  • No Pictures, Please: Placing Ag-Gag and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act within the Green Scare
  • Slow Food USA: A Cultural Exploration of Slow Food in the "Fast Food Nation"
  • Stress in Cows and Effects on Dairy Products
  • Sustainable Aquaponics: The Future of Institutional Food
  • Temporally produced nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from differently managed agricultural soils: relative contributions from bacteria and fungi
  • Trace Metal Contamination in Sri Lankan Rice: LA-ICP-MS and HPLC Procedures to Determine Etiology of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • 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
  • Agriculture, the State, and the NGO in Egypt
  • 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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