Farming and Gardening
Boston is Growing Gardens (BIGG) is a project of Boston Natural Areas Network that aims to double Dorchester’s supply of community garden plots AND those gardening on them during 2011. Sign up for a garden plot at the newly renovated Nightingale Garden! Come to a Dot Grows Garden Council meeting every first Tuesday. Check the DEHC online enviro events calendar for time/location and for gardening workshops.
The Food Project (TFP) farms on 37 acres in Dorchester, Lincoln, Beverly, Ipswich, and Lynn and the food grown is distributed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers markets, and hunger relief organizations. TFP hires local high school youths to work at and learn about farming, health, and leadership. TFP also welcomes volunteer groups at their farms and sponsors community programs for those wanting to garden in the city.
ReVision Urban Farm – It doesn’t get more local than this! ReVision has transformed vacant lots in Dorchester into over an acre of urban food production. Support ReVision farm by joining their CSA, visiting their 1062 Blue Hill Avenue farm stand, ordering seedlings from their seedling co-op, or volunteering on the farm. ReVision also runs job training and youth employment opportunities.
City Growers mission is to transform vacant lots into sustainable urban farms. City Growers is a for-profit enterprise building a new green economy by creating employment for the community at livable wages; addressing food security issues by increasing local agricultural production capacity and increasing local access to affordable, nutrient-rich foods. Their first farm site is located near Sportsmens Tennis Club in Dorchester.
The Boston Tree Party (BTP) is a city-wide planting campaign to plant Civic Fruit. The BTP helps delegations plant pairs of heirloom apple trees, promoting the “fruits” of civic engagement. The planted trees are a decentralized public urban orchard symbolizing commitment to the environmental health of the city. The BTP campaign launched on April 10, 2011 with the ceremonial planting of the first pair of apple trees.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) through training and site matching, assists resource-limited people interested in small-scale commercial agriculture to begin farming in Massachusetts. New Entry is one of the first initiatives nationwide to assist immigrants and refugees to develop commercial farming opportunities.
Allandale Farm soil has been tilled for more than 250 years. The farm specializes in sustainably grown fresh produce and is located along the Brookline/Boston boundary. Allandale Farm has a local CSA, workshops and a retail garden shop/farm stand.
Waltham Field’s Community Farm- Waltham Farm is a nonprofit farm that supports farmland preservation, hunger relief, and education.
Other Growing Resources:
- DIY guides for growing your own produce.
City Farmer News – teaches urban dwellers how to grow food in the city, compost .
Free Tree Owner’s Manual – how-to guide for choosing a tree, keeping it healthy.
Urban Agriculture in Boston – July 2010 article