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Blessing of The Fields

photo of items used in the Blessing if the field
A Shovel, a Stole, Marigolds and Holy Water used in the Blessing if the Fields


The Blessing of the Fields, led by Stonehill College President and Reverend Marc Cregan, included music performed by a student choir, a reading from the Gospel of Marc, poetry by Robert Frost and Mary Oliver, and a history of the all important shovel.

The shovel, which is already an essential tool at the farm and connects us to the history of the college and the Ames Family.  Oliver Ames founded his world-famous shovel company in North Easton in 1803. A century later, his great grandson, Frederick Lothrop Ames (1876-1921), built the mansion and 600-acre estate that would become Stonehill College.

paul daponte in the church
VP of Mission and Professor of Religious Studies Paul Daponte joyfully welcomes members of the community to The Farm.

Prof. Daponte first conceived of the idea to start a farm at Stonehill College in response to participating in an “Into the Streets” day of service last spring in Brockton.  On that day, he was made aware of “food desert” conditions in the neighboring town of Brockton. Less than one year later, his idea to start a farm at the college has come to fruition and The Farm at Stonehill is starting to grow produce to help address these conditions.

photo of the group that came to the blessing
We gathered in the greenhouse for readings, prayers and the blessing.

We were happy to receive students, faculty, staff and members of the nearby community to the farm for the event.  I look forward to seeing all of our attendees back on the farm to enjoy the space as they help to plant, cultivate and harvest the crops.

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

– Mary Oliver

Forsythia and the cross: Signs of spring and prayer for fields of plenty this season.


Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year. 
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.






– Robert Frost


Welcome to The Farm at Stonehill!

Ariel photo of The Farm at Stonehill
Ariel photo of The Farm at Stonehill

The Farm at Stonehill is an initiative of The Mission Division at Stonehill College and is being created to enrich students’ academic endeavors and provide them with the opportunity to actively engage in social justice issues pertaining to food in neighboring communities. Please visit this blog regularly to watch us grow and learn about volunteer opportunities!

Where is The Farm at Stonehill?

The Farm at Stonehill is located next to The Clock Farm on Rt. 138 adjacent to The Natural Resources Trust of Easton.  We will be utilizing sustainable and organic agriculture methods to ensure production of nutritious produce and healthy soils for years to come for local food pantries and community meal producers.

What is a “Food Desert?”

We have recently learned that “food desert” conditions exist in areas very close to Stonehill’s campus.  According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, a food desert is “a place where there is not easy access, affordable access, reasonable access to fresh fruits and vegetables.”  The Farm at Stonehill aims to increase access to affordable and nutritious produce by connecting with food pantries and community kitchens in Brockton and Easton. We work with these partners to educate about the many and diverse health benefits of fresh produce.

You are invited…

We welcome members of the Stonehill campus and neighboring communities to join us on the land where we will be working to encourage wellness and sustainability.  It is our hope that this farm will provide a local and sustainable community-based solution to challenges faced by our neighbors.


Bridget Meigs, Farm Manager