BDIC student. Merzbacher’s proposal, The New Growth Initiative, is literally taking root. Check out this article:
May 2013: Congratulations to the team of students who met with Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and asked him to sign the Real Food Challenge on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Chancellor said yes!
The actual text of the commitment is linked here. Many students, faculty and staff from the University signed a petition encouraging the Chancellor to sign. More info here: https://blogs.umass.edu/jgerber/2013/05/01/realfood/
Experiment Farm in Deerfield, MA
A six-credit practicum in the Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences Department takes students through all stages of a small-scale organic farming operation: from planning and marketing in the spring to harvest and sales in the fall.
How is the Pioneer Valley's agricultural production fulfilling the food consumption needs of the region’s population? Learn more by reading Shemariah Blum-Evitt's thesis, Regional Planning, UMass Amherst 2009: