The Book & Plow Farm at Amherst College


Maida Ives, manager of farm education and operations, provides an overview of the Book and Plow Farm at Amherst College. (Video by Marcus DeMaio and Stephanie Ramirez.

Learn more about the Book & Plow Farm.

Book & Plow 2023

We are now in our 11th growing season. We work with a fantastic group of students on campus to grow vegetables for the Dining Hall, our CSA, and for donation to local food pantries. 

Staff, faculty, students and neighbors are welcome to become CSA members. Learn more about our CSA program at Book & Plow.

We will offer a few on-campus and virtual events this year and are happy to collaborate with campus groups and Professors. Follow our instagram @bookandplow and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date. 

We will begin hiring for our Fall Work Study Crew in mid-August. Learn more about student employment at Book & Plow.

Folks are welcome to come visit the farm. Please follow all public health guidelines (masks when necessary and physical distance).

Professors who want to visit the farm with your class (either in-person or over zoom), email Learn more about how the farm can be an academic resource for you and your class.

Gardening 101- Garden Building Workshop

Campus farmers Maida Ives, Kaylee Brow, and Julia Herion-Cruz offer advice and answer questions about starting a garden, soil tests, seed selection, and much more!

Transcript of Gardening Workshop

A group of people sitting in a semi-circle talking and laughing

Book & Plow Farm In the News

Read “Better Know a Farmer,” a news story on how the Book & Plow Farm is becoming an Amherst resource for wellness and teaching on climate change, and view a slideshow of the farm’s work.

Get Involved and Join Us!

Sign up for our newsletter, apply to work on our farm, or join our CSA!

Book & Plow sends out a quarterly newsletter with updates about what's going on at the farm, events that the farm or friends of the farm are putting on, recipes, articles of interest, musings, pictures, etc. Want to sign up? Click here and we'll add you to the Newsletter List. 

To read our most recent newsletter, click here! This will take you to our most recent newsletter, there is a tab labeled past issues which you can use to access our past newsletters. Enjoy!