Category Archives: Activities and Events

Divest Movement Grows at UMass

UPDATE:  The President of the UMass System has pledged his support to the Divest Movement started at UMass Amherst.  If passed, we would be the first public university in the nation to stop investing in corporately controlled fossil fuel companies.  For details see: DIVESTMENT UPDATE

Below is an article from the local news a week earlier….

AMHERST — If University of Massachusetts officials fully divest the state system’s endowment from the top 200 publicly traded fossil-fuel companies as student protesters are demanding, a UMass economics professor says the impact would be largely symbolic — at first.

“By itself, this would be a drop in the bucket. The UMass folio is just not that big,” Gerald Friedman said Wednesday. “I don’t think ExxonMobil is going to notice.” Continue reading Divest Movement Grows at UMass


Spring Events at UMass Amherst in Sustainable Food and Farming

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture is proud of our passionate and engaged students  in  Sustainable Food and Farming.  Stockbridge encourages students to “learn by doing” and we would like to share some of the things we are doing with you –  especially if you….

  • love to be outdoors
  • enjoy good food
  • care about healthy people and community
  • want to study sustainable food and farming systems

Here are some student-organized events which we thought you might enjoy….

The Franklin Permaculture Garden

permacultureVolunteer at the Franklin Permaculture Garden

Spring Volunteer hours  will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 AM – ­11:00 AM at the Franklin Permaculture Garden outside of the Franklin Dining Commons.  No prior experience is required, just show up and get your hands dirty!

 Sponsored by the UMass Bee Club

beesThursday March 31 the UMass Bee Club will be hosting another candle making event! We encourage you to bring your shot glasses to make personalized tea candles.  The event will begin at 7 in Fernald Hall (right next to Franklin Dining Common).

Saturday, April 2 the UMass Amherst Beekeeping Club will help us redefine our relationship with bees and create a new paradigm of caring for bees.This event is FREE for UMass Students. $20 for public.

More Sustainable Food and Farming Events

Monday, April 4 the Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative will sponsor a DIY Herbal Spa Workshop in French Hall room 102.  Come and make your own herbal body care products.

Wednesday, April 6 the UMass Student Farm will have its Spring Farmers Market and Celebration.  Music, vendors, food and fun.  Stop by the Cape Cod Lounge any time from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm to join the fun and check them out!


Wednesday, April 6 a group of students in the Sustainable Food and Farming major will sponsor a New Farmer Panel and Expo at the Earth Foods Cafe, right after the Farmers Market on the same day.  The will run from 4:00-6:00pm.  Join us!





 And still more…

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Amherst Sustainability Festival

Amherst Sustainability Festival On Saturday, April 16 students in the Sustainable Food and Farming major will be teaching workshops at the annual Amherst Sustainability Festival between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the Amherst Commons.  Here are a few workshops:

  • Natural Deodorant Making
  • Biochar Face-mask Workshop
  • Gluten and Dairy-Free Living
  • Planting Seeds for Kids

Please stop by the festival and join in the fun!

Earth Day at UMass

Stop by the Stockbridge School of Agriculture booth for fun and educational stuff on Earth Day at UMass, April 22 from 9:00am-6:00pm at the Student Union North Lawn!


  • To see more of the “hands-on” projects of students in the Sustainable Food and Farming major check out STUDENT PROJECTS.…. and get involved!
  • For information on the fastest growing major at UMass and the largest sustainable agriculture program in the nation, check out our “official” web page at:

Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass  (where students have more fun)


Visit the UMass Pollinator Garden

You are invited to stop by the UMass Pollinator Garden at the Agricultural Learning Center to see several beautiful plantings that provide habitat and feed for both native and honey bees.  11750779_10102933155145462_1765256323_oThe garden was sponsored by the Massachusetts State Grange and is manged by Professor Stephen Herbert, a faculty member in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Among the many types of plantings on display, I think the butterfly and hummingbird hedgerow is my favorite.


The red flower is Bee Balm, also known as “patriots tea” because it was used as a tea-substitute after the American Colonists dumped British tea in Boston Harbor!

Bees and other pollinators will also be attracted to productive fruit plantings.

11760627_10102933154935882_696450353_o11747510_10102933153748262_892624253_o11721023_10102933152725312_77192501_oIf you have the space, the butterfly and hummingbird seed mix makes a nice looking pasture of wildflowers.

Below is short video of Professor Herbert, welcoming you to the garden!

The garden is located behind the Wysocki House at 911 North Pleasant St. in North Amherst, MA.  You may park in the Wysocki parking lot and walk back toward the field.  Be sure and say hello and ask questions from the students and faculty who are often working on the site!


UMass at the Amherst Sustainability Festival

Thanks to all the students who contributed to the many educational booths that were part of the Amherst Sustainability Festival.  The Stockbridge School of Agriculture was well-represented!


Among the UMass groups participating were:

UMass Permaculture


The Stockbridge Food for All Garden


The Amherst Schools Garden Project

Amherst School GArdens Poster 2015 (2)

Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative

SERSI (2)ECO 597SE – Spiritual & Environmental Sustainability Class


The UMass Beekeeping Club


It was great to see so many students active in their local community!

Sustainable Food Guide produced by UMass students

There was a celebration in the Cape Cod Lounge at UMass on October 25 celebrating the introduction of the new Sustainable Food Guide.  Great music and local food were shared by many!

Bicycle powered music!

The UMass Permaculture Initiative!

Pick up the Food Resource Guide!  (and please ‘like us’ here)!

One of the co-sponsors of this event was the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s  Community Food Systems class taught by Catherine Sands and offered by the coolest major on the planet:

 UMass Sustainable Food and Farming

UMass Highlights Cooperative Businesses and Agriculture

Join us for an educational event in celebration of working together in the Pioneer Valley, and beyond. Come learn more about the exciting things that have been going on during the International Year of Co-operatives, from student run initiatives to local businesses collaborating to help change the food system.

This event will present an opportunity to learn about new programs at UMass while making connections with likeminded people throughout the region.

Attendees are invited to enjoy snacks from local farms and co-ops, listen to live music performed by the Ephemeral String Band, see inspiring movie clips, and listen to short “lightning talks” from people inspired by working together!

For information or to arrange to table at the event, please contact Rebekah Hanlon here.  And please tell us you are coming at our Facebook page!

We hope to see you there!

Co-sponsored by:

  • The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • UMass Economics Department
  • UMass Co-operative Enterprise Collaborative
  • UMass Student Run Businesses
  • The Neighboring Food Co-op Association
  • The Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives


Stockbridge Students Volunteer at North Amherst Farm Fest

Thanks to the many Stockbridge School of Agriculture students who showed up to volunteer at the annual North Amherst Harvest Festival at Simple Gifts Farm.

It was a beautiful day and hundreds of local community members joined us to enjoy the music and sunshine.

Apples were donated by the UMass Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown.

Stockbridge students cut and pressed the apples and shared the fresh apple juice with kids and adults.

The kids enjoyed helping to work the apple press.

The apple press was loaned to us by the Common School in Amherst.

Several of the big kids helped out too!

Thanks so much to the Amherst Common School, the UMass Cold Spring Orchard, and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture for contributing to the success of the 2012 North Amherst Harvest Festival.