The Farm at Boston's Long Island Shelter feeds the bodies, minds, and spirits of some of Boston's most vulnerable residents by providing beautiful first harvest produce for the shelter's kitchen, and paid job training to homeless men and women.
Each year, over 25,000 pounds of organic produce is grown here for the shelter's kitchen. Veggies, herbs, fruits and berries, as well as eggs from the laying hens and honey from the apiary, are all part of the bounty.
Besides delicious and nutritious produce for the shelter’s kitchen, The Farm provides paid job training, work-readiness, and education to homeless individuals as part of the Serving Ourselves Job Training Program.
To help support The Farm’s operating costs, about 10% of the annual harvest is sold at Farmers Markets (where it accepts SNAP, WIC and senior coupons), in CSAs, and to some of Boston’s finest restaurants. The rest is supported by donors like you!
So please join us in nourishing hungry bodies, minds, and spirits by adopting a seedling, a row of veggies, or one of our lovely laying hens!
P.S. The laying hens do more than provide eggs for the shelter's kitchen. They fertilize the soil and eat pests, keeping all the other crops healthy and happy too!