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Bridget Meigs MAS 2019


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Presentation for the 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Bridget Meigs MAS 2019

  1. 1. Bridget Lawrence-Meigs Farm Manager & Instructor March 29, 2019 The Farm at Stonehill: Growing Community Around Fresh Produce
  2. 2. The Farm at Stonehill: Established in 2011 The Farm’s Mission: The Farm at Stonehill is an initiative of the May School of Arts & Sciences and seeks to live out the college’s mission by: (1) making available fresh, nutritious, locally grown food to Brockton-area food pantries and meal providers to address food desert conditions, and (2) enriching Stonehill faculty and student academic and service endeavors by educating and actively engaging them in local and global food justice issues. The Farm at Stonehill Video
  3. 3. Cultivating a Just & Equitable Food System
  4. 4. 1. A Living Classroom: up to 18 different classes (ex. Food Justice Learning Community), host school and community groups, community garden trainings 2. A Community Partner: Growing and distributing approximately 10,000 - 12,000 pounds of produce with students each season. 3. Inspiring student activism and food systems change: Working to increase more local, sustainably, fairly-traded and humanely raised products on campus. The Many Faces of The Farm
  5. 5. Two of the biggest barriers to food access are cost and transportation to markets or grocery stores selling fresh, affordable produce. Donation: My Brother’s Keeper, The Easton Food Pantry, The Table at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, The David Jon Louison Center of the Old Colony YMCA and Evelyn House. Mobile Market: In partnership with the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Growing and Distributing: Community Partnerships
  6. 6. • Food Truth: The Real Food Challenge • Composting/Food Waste • Earth Week Events • Community Engagement Days • Campus Food Security • Reusable To-Go Containers Inspiring Change: Student Activism
  7. 7. Campus Farmer Network: Campus Farms & Communities Summit Goals: Develop a Campus Farmer Network… • Exchange best practices and work together to determine how college farms can play a role in strengthening our food systems, environmentally, socially, and politically. • Learn about and address food justice, food security, the Real Food movement, sustainability, wellness, research, and academic excellence. • Learn about the different ways to cultivate successful living classrooms and help fuel social change. Campus Farmer Summit Feb 10, 2018 133 participants 30+ institutions Campus farmers, students, Faculty, Service Corps participants, community members, local non- profits, etc.
  8. 8. • Partnered with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) for the summit. • Spring 2018: Campus Farms Working Group – the fourth working group of FINE’s Farm & Sea to Campus Network. • The FSC Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems. • FINE is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. • FINE’s Mission: To mobilize the power of New England institutions to transform our food system. FINE: Farm to Institution New England Register today for the FINE Summit! Next Campus Farmer Summit: February 2020 at Stonehill College!
  9. 9. “Just Grow Vegetables”… so much more! Bridget Lawrence-Meigs,