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UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 6d ago

Gardening is good for kids

Taking part in gardening can make a child feel happy and boost their development, research suggests.  A study of 1,300 teachers and 10 schools commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2d ago

A letter to those of you who have taken a class in French Hall at UMass

TO:  Stockbridge Students who have taken classes in French Hall FROM:  John M. Gerber, Professor of Sustainable Food & Farming While you were studying horticultural plant pathology with Bess...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2W ago

“Cheap” Food has a High Cost

The industrial food system that provides 95-99% of the food to U.S. households results in the least expensive food anywhere in the world on a price basis… at a very high social, environmenta...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2W ago

Learning Through Gardening in School

Andrew C. Revkin –April 23, 2016 – New York Times Few things are more inspiring than seeing a young person create a meaningful place in society from scratch. That’s the case with Ava Bynum, ...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 4W ago

Living according to ecological “rules”

Original Post by Jonathan Foley – July 19, 2016 For most of my adult life, I have been a teacher of sorts, first as a university professor, and now as the director of a science museum. While...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 4W ago

Student Ag Projects

Yesterday, I took a tour of the UMass Agricultural Learning Center with our summer class, Clean Energy and Sustainable Agriculture, taught by Sarah Berquist and Amanda Brown.  The Ag Learnin...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 1M ago

The demise of the family farm

NOTE:  This story isn’t over.  If you buy directly from local farms, you support a neighbor and a quality of life that many of us value.  In Western Massachusetts, the amount of food purchas...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 1M ago

An open letter to graduating seniors

The end of Spring Semester is the time of year when “change is in the air.”  Days are getting warmer.  We have lots of daylight and we’ve even been threatened by a few late afternoon thunder...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 1M ago

So, what is Sustainable Agriculture?

By United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization   Published: August 2, 2016 The term ‘sustainable agriculture’ is used often, but what does it mean? The United Nations Food and Agricultu...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2M ago

Volunteering for the Amherst Summer Farmers’ Market

The following is a description of UMass Sustainable Food and Farming graduate Sam Bavelock’s experience working at the Amherst Farmers’ Market.  Great story….. Over the summer in 2016, I had...