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 2013 we donated more than $37,000 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.
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 2013, Brookwood supported three different farmer’s markets in low-income communities in Boston. Brookwood worked closely with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition to launch a farm stand at the new Mattapan Health Center. Through our partnership with The Trustees of Reservations’ City Harvest Youth Corps, Brookwood donated produce every week from July-September to the Bowdoin Geneva Farmer’s Market in Dorchester and the Mattapan Farmer’s market. In addition to providing produce for the markets, Brookwood farmers worked with the City Harvest program to provide meaningful opportunities for the youth to work in the fields planting, weeding, and harvesting.
In 2014 we will continue our partnership with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition to re-launch a bike powered Mobile Market around Mattapan. We will also continue our partnership with The Trustees of Reservations City Harvest Youth Corps to provide produce for farmers’ markets in low-income neighborhoods.