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Featured Gateway Projects

Gateway Projects engage students in hands-on learning experiences.

Community Service Learning
Archventures/Arlington Children's Theatre

Brook Farm

Dorchester Community Food Coop

ImprovBoston

Joyful Noise

Carter School

Design Competitions

Independent Practice

 

Brook Farm, West Roxbury

Spring 2012 Gateway Project

The Brook Farm Gateway project was initiated in 2009 and continued into the Fall 2011 semester. Brook Farm, a National Historic Landmark that includes 179 acres of fields, wetlands and woodlands, is not far from Boston city lines, but has acres of sprawling untouched land. This project explored the rich history of farming in New England. A group of students, supervised by BAC instructor Mike Davis FAIA, Bergmeyer, worked closely with local citizens and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to launch a small scale urban farm in the form of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) non-profit.

The goal for the project was to return approximately a 1 - 1.5 acre portion of the Brook Farm site back to historic agricultural use. The final design plans included the ideal location for planting and renovations to the historical Print Shop, the last remaining building from the original Utopian community, and detailed plans for an educational and interpretive center that focuses on the history of Brook Farm, food systems, urban home gardening, food preparation, and preservation and more.