Cultivating A Living Classroom
What does a farm have to do with sociology? Religion? World history? For some Stonehill faculty, the answer is: more than you might think. They’re finding innovative ways to tie a 1.5-acre parcel of land on Stonehill’s campus to lessons they’re teaching in the classroom.
The Farm serves as a living classroom to enrich Stonehill students’ academic and service endeavors—providing them with a unique opportunity to actively engage in social justice issues pertaining to food in neighboring communities, particularly our neighboring town of Brockton, MA.
Each semester, an average of 10 faculty bring classes ranging from Religion to History to Environmental Science to The Farm for discussions, tours, and work sessions. Since its establishment in 2011, many Stonehill students have been inspired by their work at The Farm and have gone on to pursue careers in food justice, social justice and sustainable agriculture domestically and internationally.
As a way of continuing to build strong relationships with faculty, The Farm and the Mission Division are piloting a Farmhouse Writing Fellows program this spring in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Farmhouse Writing Fellows are given dedicated space on the second floor of the farmhouse to work on scholarly or pedagogical projects of their choice. More information can be found at www.stonehill.edu/farmhousefellows.
Bring Your Class to The Farm
Faculty are welcome to use The Farm as they choose, whether that is for a structured discussion and tour or simply as an outdoor meditative space. If you are interested in bringing a class to The Farm please email email@example.com to plan your visit.