About The Farm at Stonehill

Our Mission

The Farm at Stonehill is an initiative of the May School of Arts and Sciences and seeks to live out the college’s mission by: (1) making available fresh, nutritious, locally grown food to Brockton-area food pantries and meal providers to address food desert conditions, and (2) enriching Stonehill faculty and student academic and service endeavors by educating and actively engaging them in local and global food justice issues.

Our mission is achieved by:

  • Utilizing 1.5 acres of Stonehill College land to farm and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.
  • Inviting the entire campus community – students, faculty, and staff – to join us in the fields and hoop-houses.
  • Connecting with food pantries, meal providers, and social service agencies in nearby areas to provide their clients with fresh and nutritious foods.
  • Developing and supporting programs that encourage healthy eating including cooking classes and an after-school garden program for elementary students.
  • Encouraging sustainable behavior on campus to encourage our community to contribute to a socially and environmentally just world.
Abbey, Christina, Tom, and Anthony pause for a quick smile before going back to work.
Four student volunteers, Abby, Christina, Tom, and Anthony pause for a quick smile before going back to work.

Community Partners

The Farm grows and distributes over 12,000 pounds of produce each season that reaches 500 people each week through our community partners during the growing season (May through October). Our partners include My Brother’s Keeper, the Easton Food Pantry, The Table at Father Bill’s and MainSpring, and the David John Louison Center of the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, and Evelyn House.  In 2017 we partnered with The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center to start our now popular Mobile Markets at 63 Main St. and 1380 Main St. in Brockton on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm.

Beth of My Brother's Keeper picks up summer squash and kale on June 27th for their clients in Brockton.
Beth of My Brother’s Keeper picks up summer squash and kale on June 27th for their clients in Brockton.

Academic Links

The Farm also acts as a living classroom for over 14 different courses each year, ranging from Environmental Science to History, and as a hub of activity related to sustainability and social justice.  A number of student projects, growing out of Sustainable Agriculture and other research projects have become key features of The Farm over the years.

photo of making potting mix
Sustainable Agriculture students participate in a “make your own potting soil” activity.

Student Engagement

The Farm Manager, Bridget, serves as the advisor for Food Truth, the College’s chapter of the Real Food Challenge, and the Green Executive, a group of students that meets 4 times per semester to support their different sustainability initiatives that they are running on campus and to plan larger green events like the Sustainability Fair and Jamnesty.

photo of students who attended the real food challenge summit
Breanne Penkala, Andrew Curran, Sean Davenport, Catie Barros and Christine Moodie are just a few of the students who want more real food at Stonehill.

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse provides office and meeting space for the Farm Manager and the Farm Outreach Coordinator, and also as the home base for the Farmhouse Writing Fellows Program. Faculty are encouraged to apply to this program each semester to gain access to dedicated writing space on the second floor of the Farmhouse to work on scholarly or pedagogical projects for the semester.

 

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Location:

The Farm at Stonehill is located next to The Clock Farm on Rt. 138 in Easton, Massachusetts, adjacent to the Stonehill College campus.

Contact:

Bridget Meigs, Farm Manager
Email: bmeigs@stonehill.edu or farm@stonehill.edu – Phone: 508-565-1637