Grounded: Food, Farming, Climate Change, and Community

For 2 and a half days, this LEAP will ground you in a few fundamental elements of Amherst College - how we grow our food, how food, farming and time outdoors are good for the soul, how we address the climate crisis, and most importantly, how we have fun together as a community. 
This on-campus LEAP option is a collaboration between the Office of Environmental Sustainability and Book and Plow Farm. With a healthy mix of learning, outdoor activities, and fun, the LEAP program offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the area you will call home for the next four years by exploring local agriculture and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  This program will take day trips around Western Massachusetts and stay on campus overnight. 
We hope you get to know each other, your new home, and your new community. 
Feel empowered to help create a more sustainable Amherst College.
Learn about renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, food justice work and diy farm-based crafts.
We are a large LEAP crew. Each day, we will break into smaller groups to take a field trip, do an on farm crafting project, or harvest food to donate to local food distribution centers.
In addition to those activities, on Friday afternoon we will all go to a local swimming and hiking spot--Puffers Pond, on Saturday, we will have a bonfire and food on the farm, and on Sunday morning we will eat brunch, make flower bouquets and brainstorm climate change and food insecurity solutions for campus, the broader community and globally.
Maida Ives, Manager of Farm Operations and Education
Laura Draucker, Director of Sustainability 
Farm Staff
Leap Leaders

This program will include some walking around campus and at off-site locations, which can result in exposure to heat, sun, and/or rain ( events will be canceled for severe weather). Sunscreen and insect repellent will be made available. On the field trips and while working on the farm, you can expect to be outdoors and on your feet for 2 hours at a time. 


Visit our website to learn more about Book & Plow farm!