The farm is committed to promoting access to our healthy, locally grown food for all community members. We achieve this goal through donations to area food pantries and through establishing affordable, innovative retail distribution strategies in under-served neighborhoods.
Free and Subsidized CSA Shares
Through the generous support of our farm members, and in coordination with the Milton Residents Fund, we are able to provide 5-10 free and subsidized CSA shares.
Every year we have tried to increase the amount of food we donate to local hunger relief organizations. In 2014, we donated more than $32,000 worth of fresh food through regular donations to six food pantries and family shelters in Boston, Canton, Quincy and Milton, including the Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry in Quincy, Rosie’s Place in Boston, Canton Food Pantry, Milton Food Pantry, Roslindale Food Pantry, and Haitian American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI) through the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) Produce to Pantries Program. In addition, we donated to Fresh Fridays International Potlucks (a community event in Dorchester), Fresh Food Generation based in Roxbury, and the Mattapan Moving for Life event. Brookwood also partners with Boston Area Gleaners to harvest excess produce from the fields for distribution to dozens of food pantries around Boston. If you are interested in learning more about our food donation work, please contact Susan DeMinico, Executive Director of Brookwood Community Farm, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a long history of partnership with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition to bring Brookwood produce to the Mattapan community. We were involved in the establishment of a new farmers market in Mattapan Square, that has expanded every year. This market was one of the first Boston markets to accept SNAP benefits (food stamps) and participates in State programs to provide produce vouchers to low-income seniors and WIC recipients.
In 2014, Brookwood worked closely with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition to launch a farm stand at the new Mattapan Health Center. We trained students on how to set-up a farmer’s market and sell fresh, affordable food to local residents. Students learned valuable job skills while helping the community eat healthier!
In 2015, we will continue our partnership with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition to re-launch a bike powered Mobile Market around Mattapan. We will be making 4 stops on Thursdays throughout the summer- visiting the local ABCD office, Mattapan Health Center, Foley Senior Center, and Mattapan MBTA station. We’re excited to be offering fresh food to these locations!