Nuestro Huerto started as a small, raised-bed garden in 2009. Amanda Barker, along with a few friends from the church and Clark University community, worked together to build 10 initial raised wooden garden beds. The intention was to grow food, and give it away for free. The farm has evolved quite a bit since then-now with more than a quarter acre under cultivation. The farm grows mixed vegetables, annual and perennial flowers and perennial herbs. The farm sells produce to Worcester residents through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership program from June through October, as well as to restaurants and farmers markets. The farm also donates produce to Jeremiah’s Inn, located in Worcester. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment begins in the winter.
We are located adjacent to the South Worcester Industrial Park (SWIP). It sounds scary-this area was home to a number of factories and businesses associated with the foundry only a block a way. Our site was utilized as storage grounds, and has never been built on. It has been tested for contaminants by a number of independent agencies and organizations and has been found to be safe for unrestricted use (the highest level of precaution). There are no known contaminants on this site. The farm is a breath of fresh air surrounded by forgotten and abandoned historical relics. If you are interested in helping redevelop this area sustainably, contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Iglesia Casa de Oración (House of Prayer Church) has generously granted us the continued use of their land since 2009. We have access to clean water, safe soil, a tool shed and the fenced in property. We could not do what we do without their generosity and support. Thank you! To contact the church email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can now proudly say that we are officially part of the Worcester Roots Project. There is still a bit of paperwork in between us an the final result-but our relationship forms out of an interest in promoting community-based initiatives around social and environmental justice. Roots serves as our fiscal sponsor, as well as a gateway into a network of like-minded activists, advocates and practitioners who serve the Worcester community and beyond in a multitude of ways. Worcester Roots is always looking for community-minded individuals, organizations, a businesses to become members and get involved in a number of ways. If you are interested in becoming a member, or getting involved, contact info@WorcesterRoots.org.
Nuestro Huerto’s mission is to foster community resilience by making urban food production a viable possibility for Worcester residents.
Vision (always in the making):
Nuestro Huerto will be a dynamic community and farm. It will bring together people of different backgrounds to build social capital and sustain a healthful community where we all have access to fresh, nutritious food and the knowledge/ability to consume it. It is an organization that builds resilience by not only teaching people how to grow and prepare food, but fostering a network of people that provides a social safety-net for its members. It will be a conduit by which people are economically empowered and build confidence and a sense of pride.
Land located in the area in which we work is free of toxins and accessible to all. We will have healthy and abundant soil to grow nutrient-dense foods. We will have a secure place to put supplies and access to water and electricity. We will have indoor facilities to lead workshops and cooking classes year round, with a commercial certified kitchen for community co-operative enterprises to also use. The land will be provide a bounty. There will be an outdoor classroom with all the facilities to teach a class outside in the open. Part of this will be having green space designed for children to explore and learn.
Our community will be diverse. It will be a ground for exploring intercultural relations and resolving conflict. A way to explore the common humanity among us. Our community would be one of many tongues- different languages would be a part of the soundscape. Our community will be healthy- not only well fed but of sound mind. Working on the farm will be a form of therapy and stress management. Community members will be independent yet inter-connected, having learned the skills not only to grow one’s own food but also the resolve to make connections to get other resources needed to lead a well balanced and nourishing life.