Story Teller and Farmer, Ricky Baruc, and powerhouse educational visionary, Deb Habib, will discuss Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center. Seeds of Solidarity is a 30 acre site located on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange, Massachusetts, one of nine towns in the North Quabbin region. The Quabbin Reservoir was created in the late 1930's as a water supply for Boston. The flooding of four towns and a fertile valley took much of the region's agricultural land out of production. Deb and Ricky have transformed this abandoned land into a bountiful farm; working with neighbors to initiate a flourishing festival (The Garlic and Arts Festival), and establishing innovative educational programs, helping to revitalize the region. This talk is open to all Five College students as well as locals. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and snacks will be provided.
Tobin Porter-Brown (Hampshire Alumni) and Pete McLean of Amherst College's Book and Plow Farm will discuss the trials and errors of starting a college farm. Book and Plow Farm is now on its third year! These fun farmers will talk about college farm programing and how to best get students engaged and excited about their farm. They will bring along some of their dedicated farm students in order to have a mixer between Hampshire College farming students and Amherst College farming students. There will be time after the talk to ask questions, mingle and have snacks!
Jake Mazar of Artifact Cider Company and Wheelhouse Food truck will discuss his struggles and triumphs as a Farmer Entrepreneur trying to make it in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
Artifact Cider Project is a micro-cidery started by two best friends - Jake, a farmer, and Soham, a scientist - and brought to life by tremendous help from our community. Years ago, we discovered what cider could be: dry, complex, and refreshing. Since then, we've explored far and wide, running numerous experiments, reading entire libraries, and diving hands first into local agriculture.
We call Springfield, Massachusetts home, in a small, humble facility we gutted and rebuilt nail by nail at Gasoline Alley in the winter of 2013. We were ecstatic to launch our first cider in June of 2014 and inspired by the support we have received since.
This is just the beginning of our adventure. There are miles left to dig, countless artifacts to discover, and we couldn't be more excited about what is to come next.
Wheelhouse Farm Truck
Wheelhouse Farm Truck is a mobile food trailer offering farmer food at farms, farmers markets, and private events. Wheelhouse is a great place for a quick meal with a long back-story. Follow the good smells from the grill to find out what's cooking inside our little wood-paneled trailer.
From our popular breakfast sandwiches to our fried broccoli snacks, our Food is good. It's hearty and fresh, deeply flavorful, and it keeps you going on a busy day. We always have vegetarian and gluten-free options, and food for meat eaters too! It doesn't just taste good: your meal includes food we grew, or we know who grew it. When you eat at Wheelhouse you're eating a meal we've taken from an idea to the real food you see in front of you; starting with recipe creation, using ingredients sourced by us, prepped by us, and served by us and our awesome team of friends and helpers. We're committed to seasonality, so our menu will change as the growing season progresses
Ryan Karb of Many Hands Farm has unique eductionally driven farming practices. Many Hands Farm has a brilliant intern model in which it pays, houses and feeds its interns while hiring them out to local farms to do various tasks, providing the interns with exposure to different farming styles. Ryan Karb will discuss careers in agriculture, apprenticeships, soil fertility and no till production. This Lecture is open to all! There will be time for questions and snacks will be provided.