Next Barn Over partners with the youth urban gardening project Gardening the Community (GTC) to bring farmshares to their neighborhood in Springfield, MA.
GTC does great work for food justice in Springfield – employing youth from around the Mason Square Neighborhood to grow vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots, educating about urban sustainable living and urban agriculture, and providing fresh organic produce to their community.
Once a week during the growing season we deliver boxed farmshares to one of the GTC garden plots in Springfield which they distribute. For those households that can’t easily come to pick up their share, GTC youth deliver the boxes via bicycle. The organization raises funds in order to pay full price for the shares and at the same time offer them for a subsidized price to those with low incomes in their community. In 2012 about 30 families participated each week, and every year the program continues to grow.