As the fall arrives, we are filled with thanks for all of the help we receive via the hands of volunteers and donations from foundations or individuals to make the farm a warm, inviting, productive, and restorative space.
This a wonderful time of the year at the farm, as we harvest a wide variety of veggies including green beans, pumpkins, peppers, onions, basil, tomatoes, turnips, butternut squash and eggplant, as we weed crops like carrots, and as we plant fall greens, like lettuce and kale.
“Farm Friday” volunteer hours have been busy and festive as 20 to 30 students appear and happily get to work. Thank you volunteers! We look forward to seeing new and returning farmers every week.
This summer we were delighted to receive generous support from the the Harold Brooks Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. This $15,000 grant will support our operation and help us involve more students, grow more vegetables for our partners, and increase awareness around food desert and food access issues in our nearby communities.
“The Harold Brooks Foundation provides assistance to causes/organizations that help the largest possible number of residents of Massachusetts’ South Shore communities, especially those that support the basic human needs of South Shore residents. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that have the greatest impact on improving the human condition and/or that provide the neediest South Shore residents with “tools” that will help them restore their lives. The Foundation focuses on five key areas: Education; Food, Agriculture, & Nutrition; Health; Housing & Shelter; and Mental Health.”
We are so thankful for this gift and look forward to sharing how these funds support our efforts through this blog and in person when we visit with our donors!
This summer we also received a thoughtful and generous gift from David Miller, General Manager of Dining Services here at Stonehill. He and co-workers of his father donated funds for a space for reflection in loving memory of his wife, Tina Miller. The words “strength” and “courage”, engraved on 2 of the 3 benches, were chosen by David and his daughters because of the strength and courage that Tina displayed as she lived with and battled breast cancer for three years. She never let the cancer define her or how she lived her life.
We will be planting blueberry bushes in this area within the next few months, as Tina enjoyed going blueberry picking each year.
We at the farm feel privileged to serve as a space for good works and quiet reflection and celebration of all components of our environment. Thank you to David Miller for choosing us as a space where Tina’s life can me honored!
These granite benches were quarried in Vermont and purchased through Swenson Granite Works. They were engraved with precision and care by Michael Cedrone.
It was fun to have the opportunity to watch Michael at his craft. He engraved the bench given by the Class of 2011 in the Meditation Garden (above) and the benches to honor the life of Tina Miller.
Zuri enjoyed watching Michael at his craft (and chewing on a nearby stick) as well!
Many thanks to all of our generous farm supporters!
We welcome you to visit anytime and enjoy the farm as we grow together.