People on the Land
The farm would not be the vibrant and lively place that is without the hard working hands and big hearts of all the people who visit. Throughout the season we welcome students and families from our neighborhood playgroups, schools, after school and teen programs – YouthBuild, Nathan Hale, Paige Academy, Timilty, City on a Hill, Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, Ellis Memorial, Highland Park Playgroup to name a few!
Additionally, as part of “Grow it, Cook it, Share it,” youth who often live a stone’s throw from the farm learn hands-on and conceptual components of sustainable agriculture (at the farm) and cooking and nutrition (though Take Back the Kitchen). The teens participate in all aspects of farm work; planting, crop care and maintenance, harvesting and cooking and engaged in discussion of food systems, nutrition and building community through food. The summer ambassadors typically spend multiple days a week on the farm and become so integrated in the farm that by the end of the program they are leading tours and activities for visiting child, teen, and adult groups. Over a thousand people each year have been able to enjoy the fresh air, vibrant colors, nutritious food and good company of new and old friends on the farm.