Last week, HBI joined staff from the Urban Farming Institute to visit Newton Community Farm (NCF). Located on the historic Angino farmstead in Newton, MA, the city-owned site spans nearly 2 ¼ acres. Newton Community Farm is a nonprofit organization that strives to educate the community on sustainable agriculture and provide fresh, locally-grown produce through a CSA program and farm-stand. The tour helped inform planning of the Fowler-Clark-Epstein farmstead in Mattapan, recently acquired by HBI, which will be rehabilitated as a working urban farm site.
Built in the 1880s as a dairy barn, the historic barn was refurbished as programming space for NCF and houses a certified kitchen, staff offices and miscellaneous space available for community groups to rent.
|The certified kitchen inside the barn offers space for culinary classes and workshops.|
|In the basement of the barn, refrigeration
space, washing stations and scales allow for produce to be stored and packaged
easily and efficiently. |
|There are three greenhouses on site,
which provide valuable space for seed propagation and extend the growing season
and market sales into December.|
Rebecca Gourlay is a summer intern at HBI and a rising junior at Boston College