The Farm at Stonehill, through a $5,000 grant from Project Bread, is furthering its mission of providing our neighbors in Brockton with fresh, affordable produce with the launch of a Mobile Market. Beginning this month, organic produce from The Farm will be sold at or below market cost in the parking lot currently shared by The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton and the Trinity Baptist Church at 1367 Main Street.
The Mobile Market will officially commence on Wednesday, September 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday until the last week in October.
The Farm’s Mobile Market will give residents who do not live near grocery stores access to healthy eating options, and share information about other efforts to increase wellness in the community. The Mobile Market will do this by partnering with other organizations to offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, and nutritional information to visitors.
“A partnership with Project Bread is exciting because we share their vision of implementing both immediate and long-term solutions to food access issues in Massachusetts. Together, we are taking steps to have a significant impact on food accessibility and personal empowerment for a diverse community of people seeking to make healthier choices for themselves and their families,” says Bridget Meigs, Farm Manager at Stonehill College.
“At Project Bread we support community initiatives that ensure food security. The Stonehill Farm and their new mobile market empower the change we need in our food system,” says Ellen Parker, executive director at Project Bread. “Project Bread focuses on innovation, health and dignity, and we look beyond stopgaps and temporary help to evolve and maintain effective, sustainable, long-term solutions.”
The creation of the Mobile Market extends The Farm at Stonehill’s commitment to addressing food desert condition in parts of Brockton.
The Farm will utilize its current one and a half acres to grow produce and flowers for the Mobile Market and for its four community partners: My Brother’s Keeper, The Easton Food Pantry, The Table at Father Bill’s and MainSpring, and the David John Louison Center of the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton.
Since its inception in 2010, The Farm at Stonehill has donated over 51,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to those four community partners. The Farm grows over 90 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, and contains several plots where students actively research sustainable agricultural practices such as permaculture and the application of soil amendments like biochar.
The Farm also serves Stonehill’s students and faculty as a living classroom designed to enrich a diverse array of their academic and service endeavors.
About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions.
With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.