Urban Farming at Haley House

In 1983, members of the Haley House community reclaimed an organic farm in Winchendon Springs, Massachusetts as a way of reconnecting with the land and to grow fresh produce for the Soup Kitchen. The farm, NoonDay, developed into a completely self-sufficient biodynamic farm and supplied our meals programs with fresh, organic produce for 30 years. In 2011, we chose to refocus our farming efforts in the urban centers of Boston, closer to our home base and the people we serve. So, in 2012, Haley House sold NoonDay Farm to a land trust to preserve its mission and plunged into new urban agriculture efforts in the South End and Roxbury. 

Today, our Urban Agriculture Program includes a school garden project at McKinley School, our neighbor in the South End, and thriving urban farm at 95 Thornton Street in Highland Park in Roxbury. The Thornton Street Farm grows nutritious, fresh, colorful produce for our bakery cafe in Dudley Square – just a mile down the road.  In addition to providing food for the daily cafe menu, Take Back the Kitchen classes and Community Tables, the farm partners with the Hawthorne Youth & Community Center to host youth and family programs changing the food landscape in Roxbury and beyond. 

If you are interested in learning more about the project at McKinley School, click here. If you are interested in learning more about the projects at 95 Thornton, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering in our gardens, please go to our Volunteer page to read more about our workdays and sign up!