There's a lot that happens here in addition to growing 250,000 lbs of produce for our CSA shareholders. Education initiatives at the farm include after-school and summer programs, in addition to field trips and home school groups. We also open the farm to tours, volunteers, and community events. Our focus on farmer education takes us to conferences all over the country, as well as on-farm workshops, where we share our experience (with a focus on farm-business management). We are also always looking for ways to increase access to our CSA shares, and are pleased to be entering into the second season of our "donor supported share" program.
Education at the Farm
Our education initiatives are broad welcoming a diverse array of groups to the farm. Most Amherst kindergarten classes come for our classic full circle carrots-compost-pigs field trip, Holyoke Community College food and sustainability courses make several trips a year and we have a long-standing partnership with the Hartsbrook School 10th and 12th grade classes. You might find a UMASS sustainable agriculture class or a small group from Mt Holyoke doing a project on land tenure. In addition to these groups, our former apprentice Leila Tunnell leads on-farm after-school and summer programs in conjunction with the Amherst Regional Middle School. From girl scouts to gardening clubs to apprenticeships, teaching and learning is a constant here at the farm!