Slideshow: Student Farm

  • Produce from the UMass Amherst student farm is displayed at the BigY World Class Market in Northampton.
  • This sign on River Road in South Deerfield identifies the University of Massachusetts Amherst student farm.
  • Broccoli grows on the UMass Amherst student farm in South Deerfield in the fertile Connecticut River Valley below Mount Sugarloaf.
  • Jason Silverman, assistant manager of the UMass Amherst student farm, inspects broccoli.
  • Early season cultivation at the UMass Amherst student farm in South Deerfield.
  • Nicolle Taniuchi, left, and Duncan Fuchise, both students in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture sustainable food and farming program, prepare trellises for tomato plants.
  • Produce from the UMass Amherst student farm in South Deerfield is diplayed for sale at the Big Y World Class Market in Northampton.
  • Jason Silverman, assistant manager of the UMass Amherst student farm, talks shop with Hillary Heckler, manager of the student farm at Central Carolina Community College, during Heckler's recent visit to UMass.
  • Student Eli Bloch, left, and Big Y produce manager Kevin Barry discuss eggplants at the UMass Amherst student farm.
  • Eli Bloch, holding a summer squash, and Ian Back pick vegetables at the UMass Amherst student farm in Deerfield. Both are students in the sustainable food and farming program. Assistant farm manager Jason Silverman is in the backgound.
  • Student Nicolle Taniuchi harvests summer squash.
  • Student Ian Back brings just-picked vegetables for washing at the UMass Amhest student farm in South Deerfield.
  • Student Ian Back, right, washes fresh-picked vegetables athe UMass Amherst student farm in South Deerfield while Chris Raabe prepares boxes for packing and delivery.
  • UMass students Ian Back, in truck, and Ben Goudreau delivery a load of fresh vegetables to Lauren Walker of Big Y's Northampton store.
  • UMass student farm produce on display at the Big Y World Class Market in Amherst.
  • While harvesting goes on at the UMass student farm in in South Deerfield, planting for later season harvesting is under way at the Stockbridge School Agricultural Learning Center at the former Wysocki farm in North Amherst.
  • UMass students at the UMass Stockbridge School Agricultural Learning Center in North Amherst transplant broccoli and kale for late season harvest.

    Now in its eighth season, the UMass Amherst Student Farm has taken a new direction and for the first time is growing summer crops to supply fresh, local produce to Big Y World Class Markets in Amherst and Northampton. From two students and one crop (kale) its first year, today the South Deerfield farm engages 12 to15 students a year who produce 36 certified organic vegetables.

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