By Kaitlin Haskins, Communications Manager

Posted February 8, 2018

Events, News

More than 25 Northeast Colleges to Attend Farm Summit at Stonehill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Bridget Meigs | Stonehill College | [email protected] | (508) 565-1637
Kaitlin Haskins | Farm to Institution New England | [email protected] | (269) 217-5338

Easton, MA (February 6, 2018) – Representatives from more than 25 colleges and K-12 schools with farms will gather at Stonehill College this Saturday, February 10, to connect, share stories, and tackle common challenges faced by campus farms in New England. This campus-focused event is the first of its kind, co-hosted by The Farm at Stonehill College and Farm to Institution New England (FINE).

The New England Campus Farmer Summit is open to anyone interested in farming and gardening on campuses and the learning and community building opportunities they provide. Campus farmers who attend the summit will have the opportunity to learn from each other and from individuals working for local nonprofits and small businesses about the different ways to cultivate successful living classrooms and help fuel social change.

WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 8:30 am - 3:30 pm ET

WHERE: The Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St, Easton, MA 02357

WHO: Campus farmers from more than 25 institutions across New England, including Middlebury College, Harvard University, Yale University, and Hampshire College

WHAT: A day of conversations about the challenges faced by campus farms, including a panel discussion, eight in-depth workshops covering themes such as innovation and entrepreneurship, professional development, campus food insecurity, and farms as catalysts for campus change, and a lecture from Dr. Deirde Tobias of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The opening and closing plenaries will be available via livestream video on FINE's Facebook page at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm, respectively.

Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/NEFarmSummit2018

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About the Farm at Stonehill College

The Farm at Stonehill was established in January, 2011, in response to food access issues in the neighboring city of Brockton, Massachusetts. Since its inception, The Farm has donated over 60,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to our four community partner organizations. Through four community partners and Mobile Market, their produce reaches the table of about 3,000 individuals or families each season who may not otherwise have access to fresh, organic produce due to a number of social, economic, and geographical barriers.

About Farm to Institution New England

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working 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 is to mobilize the power of New England institutions to transform our food system.The FINE network consists of non-profit organizations, government agencies, institutions, foundations, farms, food distributors, food processors, food service operators and others. For more information, visit www.farmtoinstitution.org.

Header photo by Amanda Schwengel, courtesy of Hampshire College