Posts Tagged ‘Brockton’

Jackie – Growing a Land of Thriving Fruits and Vegetables (at the farm and at the market)

I first visited the farm at Stonehill during my sophomore year. I had the opportunity to take a course that focused on sustainable agriculture which was quite helpful for my environmental science major. At the beginning of the course, which was taught by Stonehill’s Farm Manager, Bridget Meigs, she asked that we all attend volunteer ...

Guest Post! — Permaculture: Why Mow When You Can Grow?

Why Mow When You Can Grow?  By: Christine Moodie (Class of 2015) Summer Farmers relax in the new Permaculture test plot located at The Farm. While the summer harvest is providing us with a bounty of fresh produce for our community partners, a team of students and faculty are actively performing research to create permaculture ...

It’s Always a Party at The Farm

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 ...

Planting the Legacy Orchard

 On April 11th, 35 trees arrived from Adam’s County Nursery in Aspers, PA.  These trees were purchased with some of the funds generously donated by the Class of 2011.  We have chosen 4 varieties of apple trees to start our orchard including the heirloom, Pippin, and 3 scab-resistant varieties: Crimson Crisp, Initial, and Querina.  It ...

11 Volunteers Harvest Over 1100 Pounds of Winter Squash and Pumpkins

On September 12th, eleven students joined me at the farm to harvest sweet Sugar Pie Pumpkins, and 4 varieties of winter squash.   We worked in small teams to pluck, pile and weigh Butternut, Delicata, Carnival and Acorn Squash. These pumpkins and winter squash are jam packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Dietary Fiber ...

Tomatoes: The Perfect (Summer) Gift!

Tomatoes are the perfect gift. Some of them “come in small packages”…     … and other, larger varieties, sweetly satisfy the saying that “Good things come to those who wait!”     We have three sweet, delicious varieties of cherry tomatoes – Sun Gold, Be My Baby, and Red Pearl – that we are currently ...

Summer Heat

  Summertime.. and the living is… busy! On a day like today, when temperatures are hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago the fields were literally full of water and the mercury hovered only in the mid 60’s.   The fields are responding to the rain ...

Lettuce (Let Us) Plant and Harvest

  The farm is growing in leaps and bounds thanks to help from our community at Stonehill College.  Before the rain of last week Seniors Sarah Bolasevich and Janine DiLorenzo joined me in the fields to plant out red cabbage.  Their help and company provided the ingredients for a fun and productive afternoon.   That ...

Blessing of 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 ...