FROM THE GROUND UP...

Sometimes we forget that our food has its roots (literally!) in the ground. The truth is that most of us have never hoed potatoes, weeded strawberries, fed pigs or milked a cow. Maybe you couldn't even say what potato plants look like or what cows smell like. Today most food comes from grocery stores and restaurants, not directly from the farmer. The Food Literacy Project wants to remind you that agriculture is at the heart of every meal and we have some great fall 2014 field trips planned to local farms: 

 

 


Food Literacy Project Field Trips, Fall 2014

 

September 24th, 5-8PM Young Farmer Network tour and potluck at Freedom Food Farm, Raynham, MA
The mission of the farm is to provide healthy, nutritious food to members of local communities throughout the socioeconomic spectrum. Our food is grown using organic and biodynamic principles, striving to model natural ecological cycles. This translates to healthy food for the whole community! Donating produce and offering a sliding scale for CSA shares help ensure that the whole community has access to this nutritious food. The farm produces a wide range of agricultural products including vegetables, herbs, flowers, grain, hay, straw, free range eggs, chicken meat, pork, bedding plants, as well as value added vegetable products.

September 25th, 9AM-1PM Harbor Island Farm
The Serving Ourselves (SOS) Farm at Boston’s Long Island Shelter is a 2.5 acre Certified Organic farm that helps feed the bodies, minds, and spirits of some of Boston’s most vulnerable residents. Each year, The Farm produces about 25,000 pounds of beautiful, first harvest produce (veggies, herbs, fruits, and berries), as well as fresh eggs from the laying hens, for over 800 people served every day by the Long Island Shelter’s kitchen.

 

September 29th, 12PM-1PM Natick Organic Farm
Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the Farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs and
volunteer opportunities for working the land.

 

October 2nd, Harvard Compost at Rocky Hill Farm

Rocky Hill Farm has been located in North Saugus, MA since the early 1920′s. Back then the primary business was the raising of livestock. Today the farm has evolved into organic recycling of yard waste to produce a high quality compost to be used in the enrichment of soil. We are fully committed in the recycling of organic material and producing a by-product that is good for the environment. Recently we facbricated an in-vessel digester that composts grass clippings, leaves and food waste (fruits and vegetables). The raw material goes in the digester and in three days it is completely broken down into compost.

October 7th, Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon MA

Our philosophy is simple; keep the chain of distribution short and fast. With a keen eye towards land stewardship, we manage our 175 acres of vegetables and small fruit. We select our varieties for flavor and pride ourselves in supplying the people of Sharon (as well as some of the great restaurants in the area) with corn picked that same day and delicious field ripened tomatoes, including our famous heirlooms!

October 15th, Food For Free’s Farm

Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need. Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities. Trip will visit Food For Free’s own small farm, Field of Greens in Lincoln.

October 19th, 10:30AM-12:30PM Soluna Garden Farm

Soluna Garden Farm is a one-acre farm in Winchester, Massachusetts, that specializes in sustainably grown herbs and flowers. Soluna grows all its fresh herbs and flowers using no chemical fertilizers, preservatives, or pesticides.

October 23rd, Lilac Hedge Farm

Lilac Hedge Farm came about as a vision to provide local, sustainably raised meats to consumers. Started by owners Ryan MacKay and Tom Corbett, Lilac Hedge Farm focuses on meats raised responsibly with extreme attention to care, comfort, nutrition and the quality of the animals. The farm raises beef, pork, lamb, goat and poultry on over 200 acres of land.

Email foodliteracy@harvard.edu for more information, to sign up for a field trip, and to join the mailing list.

 

 

 

 

 


FARMERS MARKETS AT HARVARD

Get fresh, Massachusetts produce all summer and fall direct from farmers on Harvard's campus. The market runs from mid-June through the last week of November. Learn About the Farmers Market


Sustainable Dining

Harvard recognizes New England's agricultural heritage by still investing Harvard's University Professors with the right to pasture animals in the Yard. We might not be keeping cows for you, but HUDS does use sustainability as a guiding factor.


Organic Food

Many farmers today are converting to organic production. Growing without chemicals has its challenges, but these farmers are contributing to the health of their soil and keeping us all healthier.

Learn About Organic Food