- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Hampshire College is building a new center that will help teach students the importance of eating locally grown food.

The western Massachusetts college serves food grown mostly at local farms or on its 15-acre campus farm that has cows, pigs and even hens.

The Center for New England Food and Agriculture will offer apprenticeships, internships and a collaborative research program that will focus on sustainability and exploring better ways to produce and consume locally grown food.

As part of its 100% Local Food Challenge the school aims to get all its food from sources within a 150-mile radius, except for coffee and citrus that aren’t grown nearby.

The new center was funded by a $240,000 grant from the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation.

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