The Farm’s Team
Farm Manager: Bridget Meigs
My passion for farming and food security has it roots in experiences studying, working and volunteering in Kenya. I was hired to start The Farm at Stonehill in January of 2011 to help the college live out it’s mission “to help our students grow into global citizens who value knowledge, integrity and compassion as they seek to create a more just society.” We do this at The Farm by inviting students to help us grow and donate about 12,000-15,000 pounds of over 40 varieties of vegetables each season on 1.5 acres to partnering organizations that are working to alleviate food desert conditions in the neighboring City of Brockton, MA.
I teach courses in Sustainable Agriculture, Food Politics and Environmental Science and supervise students wishing to pursue directed studies or undergraduate thesis work in these fields. I serve as the faculty advisor for Food Truth, the College’s chapter of the Real Food Challenge, and support student groups that are promoting sustainability in campus. The Farm has become a place where students interested in sustainable agriculture and human capital development come together to develop solutions to food insecurity at both the local and global level, and I feel very lucky to be a part of this proactive and positive community.
I am passionate about growing nutritious vegetables using sustainable methods, working with our students and community to develop a strong sense of place and stewardship to the natural world, and all the while while working to address global issues of poverty and hunger relating to climate change, food production and food distribution.
Bridget Meigs grew up at Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY where her father, Jonathan, directed The Trevor Zoo and her mother, Jane, worked to educate the school and surrounding community about conservation and sustainability. Bridget received her B.S. in Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2001 where she studied communication of the Black-Capped Chickadee for her undergraduate thesis project with Dr. Laurene Ratcliffe. She then traveled, volunteered and studied Spanish in Central America before completing a Masters of Professional Studies in Sustainable Agriculture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her work at Cornell with Dr. James Lassoie focused on the role that school gardens can play in addressing children’s food insecurity in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Before coming to Stonehill College to start The Farm in 2011, she worked for organizations in Kenya, Guatemala and California including McGill University’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program, Habitat for Humanity, The FruitGuys. She has gained farming experience at Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth, MA, The Farm Institute on Martha’s Vineyard and from her fellow farmers in Southeastern Massachusetts. Bridget served as a Project Mentor for The 2Seeds Network on the Magoma-Kijango project near Korogwe, Tanzania. She welcomes opportunities to travel, explore new places and cultures, or enjoy the outdoors anywhere within a day’s travel of her home in Easton, MA.