Sarah Berquist, lecturer of sustainable food and farming in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was recently recognized by the UMass Amherst chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi with its Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to the university in ways that are consistent with the society’s motto of “Let the love of learning rule.”
With a focus on farm-based education and social equity in the food system, Berquist connects her passion for teaching with community engagement through hands-on projects that are actively working toward a more just and sustainable food system. In collaboration with the UMass Student Farm, she co-founded and manages the Food for All Program, which donated 10,000 pounds of recovered “excess” and “seconds” produce to the local relief organizations Not Bread Alone and Amherst Survival Center in 2018. She also mentors students that design and execute garden-based lessons with K-6 grade students with the School Garden Program at Amherst Regional Public Schools.
Berquist will be honored at the annual initiation ceremony for the UMass Amherst Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at the Campus Center on March 31.