The fields at The Farm have been hopping over the past couple of weeks!
We have been enjoying the start of spring by joining in the fun of the Earth Day Party on the quad, welcoming classes and volunteers to the farm to help plant everything from grapes to onions, and participating in the Mentoring Through Art courses’ end-of-year celebrations.
It is exciting to watch the fields and bordering trees fill with all of the pale yellows and greens of early spring.
Our “Farm Fridays” remain popular, and keep me busy putting our energetic volunteers to work!
We have also had the pleasure of participating in events on campus like the Earth Day Party to celebrate sustainability at Stonehill. Students from the Real Food Stonehill group, a sub-group of a new Provisional SGA Group: “Food Truth”, shared kale chips and carrot bread (made with veggies from Langwater Farm) and Great Blue Hill blue cheese from Marion, MA (donated by Sodexo), and encouraged people to think about why what we eat matters for the health of the planet and for the health of those who grow it and eat it!
Students from the Real Food group asked their peers to share why they want Real Food…
…and asked them to sign a petition supporting the Real Food Challenge.
There were over 20 other groups present working on a number of different sustainability initiative including members of the No To-Go campaign, Meatless Monday, Zipcar, Democratic Education, and many more.
Many students visited the tables to learn about how to get involved…
…and enjoyed music by Dan & The Wildfire.
Meanwhile, back on The Farm, Father Steve Wilbricht’s Ecology and Religion class was hard at work planting a vineyard near the Legacy Orchard.
The students, Father Steve and I dug into the soil, putting up a strong trellis to support the one-day flourishing vines!
In time, it is our hope that these vines will produce grapes and serve as a sweet teaching and learning tool, connecting ecology and a multitude of traditions.
Over the past week we have also become the lucky recipients of a beautiful mural, created by the Mentoring Through Art Learning Community under the tutelage of Professors Adam Lampton and Ed Jacoubs.
With the help of students in the class and some middle school kids from partnering schools in Brockton, a bright and cheerful mural has been created and now hangs on display on the shed at The Farm.
At the class’s final celebration on Tuesday, April 30th, the class that created the mural was joined by Professor Robertson’s class – mentoring with movement..
and Professor Walter’s class, which created cheerful signs to label our plants in the fields.
As you can see, it’s always a party at The Farm…
…and Season 2013 has only just begun!