Where else can you work outside, make new friends, engage in sustainable agriculture, visit swimming spots and mountain tops, talk about Syria/Kendrick/the POTUS and be introduced to Amherst College’s  Campus Farm, Book & Plow?  Well, I’ll tell you.  At FARM!



FARM participants will walk away with a tan, a bunch of friends, memories, and too many group-mes to manage.  


FARM participants should expect to spend three hours a day doing some physical work.  You’ll be bending, lifting, moving, twisting, turning, walking, and working for the first part of the day.  Bring shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, a water bottle, hat or sunscreen, jokes, riddles, and a sense of humor.  For the afternoons, depending on weather and where we go, bring a towel, a bathing suit, shoes you like to hike in, water bottle, any lawn games you want to play and anything else you’d want to have with you while you go on a short hike or hang by a lake.  



FARM Director – Pete McLean co-created and co-curated Book & Plow Farm from its inception in the Winter of 2013.  Since then, Pete has gone on to start his own coaching and consulting business, True North Facilitation, focused on empowering people to achieve the results they want while deepening the relationships they care about.  When not focused on True North, Pete can be found walking his dog, Foxy; making dinner with his sweetie, Erin; or hanging out with friends eating good food and laughing. 

Book & Plow Farm Manager – Maida Ives has been with Book & Plow Since 2015.  Maida was hired to be the farm’s Assistant Manager and blew all of our expectations out of the water for that role for 2 years.  Maida now runs the farm as an employee of the college and has already breathed some much needed new life and energy into the role.  When Maida is not focused on Book & Plow Farm, you can find her showing up to potlucks with deliciousness in tow, helping local farmers breakdown entire pigs, and refereeing the Pioneer Valley’s first ever women’s arm wrestling charity event.

Pete and Maida will be joined by a cast of local characters to round out our team.  Be confident and know they will be nice, funny, genuine, and caring people.