BY EMILY PASINSKI
The Farmhouse, formerly used as the Bridge House, is located at 411 Washington Street. The Farmhouse became the center of operations for the Farm at the beginning of the school year in September.
Many members of the Stonehill community are unaware of what the Farmhouse is actually used for. The first floor of the house holds the offices of Farm Manager, Bridget Meigs, and Farm Outreach Coordinator Devin Ingersoll. Meigs and Ingersoll use this space to meet with their students, fellow staff and community partners either in their offices or the living room. The second floor is reserved for the six faculty members who participate in the Farmhouse Writing Fellows Program for the semester.
The Farm and the Mission Division have partnered with the Center for Teaching and Learning to create the Farmhouse Writing Fellows Program. The fellows that are selected for the semester are given workspace on the second floor to work on scholarly or pedagogical projects. Faculty members have deemed this program a successful way to be productive and to connect with other fellows about their work. The five fellows participating in the program this semester are Megan Mitchell (Philosophy), Candice Smith-Corby (Visual and Performing Arts), Rachel Hirst (Biology), George Piggford (English), and Corey Dolgon (Sociology). The Fellows that are selected for this program are asked to lead an informal discussion about their project at some point during the semester.
Meigs explains that one of the most exciting parts of the Farmhouse for her is the Writing Fellows Conversations. Bridget says the Farmhouse Conversations “improve relationships between faculty and students, it lets students see the research their professors have been working on, and get to know them more personally.” Megan Mitchell and Candice Smith-Corby have hosted the Farmhouse Conversations that have already occurred. Smith-Corby’s discussion was titled “The Cook Book of Secrets: Making Color in the Studio and Through the Kitchen.” Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the next Conversations, which will occur on March 20, April 10, and April 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.
However, the Farmhouse is not only used for the Writing Fellows Program. As the center of operations for the Farm it is used to continue to improve community relations with both Stonehill students and faculty and with partners in Easton and Brockton. The Farmhouse is especially helpful during the winter and when meeting outdoors is not an option. Students and members of the Stonehill Community can learn more about the happenings at the Farm and Farmhouse by visiting their blog at http://stonehillblogs.org/farm/ or by visiting the Stonehill webpage.