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 two plots in the Roxbury community, a community garden stewarded by residents of the Highland Park neighborhood and a small farm maintained by Haley House gardeners and volunteers. Our Roxbury plots are located at 95 Thornton Street, not too far from our social enterprise bakery café in Dudley Square.
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 garden workdays and sign up!