This summer at theMOVE, we’ve had an amazing time engaging diverse groups in volunteer days on local farms in and around the greater Boston area. The groups have come from Cambridge, Roxbury, East Boston and Dorchester, traveling to farms in Dorchester, Winchester, Dracut, and Lincoln.
Our summer season came into full swing in the beginning of July. The weekend after Independence Day, theMOVE brought a group of 8 adults to Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre MA. In partnership with our friends Jack and Julie Rawson, farmers at Many Hands Farm, this year’s trip marks the 3rd year theMOVE has worked with the Many Hands team to bring folks out to volunteer for a weekend.
Saturday, July 14th theMOVE worked out at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord MA with a group of young leaders from EPIC’s Service Warriors program, a community service and education program for youth with disabilities. On this trip, we had groups split into two. Each group started where one helped with weeding and the other deflowering flower stems. Our farmers, Kayleigh Boyle and Michelle De Lima, took very good care of us.
Monday, July 16th, members from theMOVE visited The Food Project for an annual Community Luncheon held at its Roxbury Farm lot on W. Cottage St. in Boston. We were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by chefs from Tavolo Restaurant in the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester. We were also introduced to The Food Project’s new Executive Director Selvin Chambers.
On July 20th, our friends from Upward Bound spent the day working on two projects at two farm locations: the group at Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester worked on the weeding, harvesting and packaging of some of the fruits and vegetables. The group at Busa Farm, ten minutes up the road, did similar tasks. Everyone was able to taste the fruits of their labor. We picked raspberries, tomatoes, purple beans and other goodies. Not one of our volunteers was afraid to try what they were picking and everyone enjoyed!
As we go into the tail end of the summer, we look forward to sharing more of our journeys to the region’s local farms. See pictures from all of our trips at http://www.facebook.com/theMOVEcommunity