Harvest and horses

NEH events celebrate both!

Harvest Fest

Northampton Community College (NCC) presented a Harvest Fest and a screening of the documentary "The Farmer and the Horse" on November 6. The events were in connection with Agriculture and the American Identity, which is the theme of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) programming at NCC for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Rainy weather precluded the tours of NCC's East 40 Community Garden that were scheduled for Harvest Fest today, but there was plenty of nature's bounty on display for sale in the lobby of College Center. Greens of all varieties, daikon radishes, potatoes, carrots, and a few hardy tomatoes were available, along with cider, butternut squash soup, and pickled green tomatoes made by garden manager Gary Warren.Jared Flesher

"We're still getting so much out of the garden, we're going to have a market day in early December!" Warren said.

Later the same day, filmmaker Jared Flesher introduced a screening of his documentary The Farmer and the Horse. The film tells the stories of young organic farmers in New Jersey who farm with horses rather than tractors.

"For five thousand years, agriculture did not change," Flesher said. "So how can we explain farmers going back, turning their backs on technology?" He said that the young organic farmers in his film are pioneers, but that they are figuring out ways to do things that are not just about growing food but about finding better, more sustainable ways to do it.