The seeds for Eastie Farm were planted in the spring of 2015, when several East Boston neighbors, noticing the empty and overgrown plot at 294 Sumner Street, proposed the idea of starting a community farm. The idea took off quickly, with a growing group of neighbors coming together to plan, organize, and advocate for the farm, and local businesses jumping on board as well.
With the support of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association, a permit from the City, and the help of dozens of volunteers, we broke ground in August of the same year, quickly transforming the abandoned lot into a clean, organized space that welcomes neighbors in with bilingual signage and artwork, flowers, and a dozen raised beds producing herbs, greens, and garlic that many members of the community have been able to enjoy.
Over the winter, our organization continued to grow and evolve, gaining 501c3 status as a nonprofit. We are now looking forward to our spring growing season, when we will be expanding our current growing space by adding additional raised beds, constructing a hoop house, and adding experiential learning zones for local youth to experiment with growing greens, vegetables, and flowers. We look forward to having you join us!