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UMass Amherst Libraries

Food Systems

Food systems resources -- including "local food" -- at the UMass Libraries and beyond.


Tovar Cerulli

Graduate student in Communication. Check out Tovar's blog:

People. Animals. Nature: Thoughts and Stories from a Vegan-Turned-Hunter

Sowing Sustainability

Peter Merzbacher

BDIC student. Merzbacher’s proposal, The New Growth Initiative, is literally taking root. Check out this article:

Sowing Sustainability: Honors fellowship underwrites urban farming experiment in Springfield

UMass signs the Real Food Challenge!

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:

Permaculture Gardens

There are now two Permaculture Gardens (adjacent to Franklin and Berkshire Dining Halls). Any student may join the effort to maintain these vital spaces. To get involved, contact the Permaculture Committee. Read more: "New Type of Gardening Comes to UMass."

Student Reflections on Library Instruction


Please click HERE to offer your feedback about today's library research session.

Many thanks in advance. Your report will help us be better teachers.

Student-run CSA

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.

Student Farming Enterprise Selling CSA Shares


Designing a Foodshed

Shemariah Blum-Evitts

 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:

"Designing a Foodshed Assessment Model: Guidance for Local and Regional Planners in Understanding Local Farm Capacity in Comparison to Local Food Needs"