News from the Farm…

Hi Friends,

Did you know that Next Barn Over is a partner farm of Gardening the Community?

Based in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. A few of GTC’s many amazing projects include:

  • the GTC Eats! Farm Share, which makes local, organic produce available to constituents. Every week, shares from NBO are trucked from Hadley to Springfield and are distributed to members of the GTC Eats! Farm Share, along with organic produce grown by GTC.
  • a training program in which youth from the Mason Square neighborhood and beyond grow fruits and vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots. Youth receive a stipend and are taught principles of urban sustainable living and urban agriculture.
  • The Walnut St Farmstore at 200 Walnut Street in Springfield, now featuring online ordering and in-store pickup
  • bike delivery

Want to learn more about GTC? Here’s a great interview from 2015 in which Fadia Hasan interviews Ibrahim Ali, Co-Director of Youth & Programs at Gardening the Community, and Moises Ramos Hernandez, Project Leader at Gardening the Community.

Support your local farmer!

Pick-up your veggies on your pick-up day! Can’t make it? Please send a friend to pick up for you – no need to contact us, just do it! Emails requesting a rearrangement of your pick-up schedule really slow down our beloved farmer Ray, who is quite magical but still cannot simultaneously answer emails and till the fields.


In the share this week:

braising greens (kale and chard)

mix and match options:
cabbage, summer squash, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, carrots, fennel, fresh onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant!

coming soon: tomatoes!

Tote bags are back! $6/each via cash or check at the share barn during pickup

Pick Your Own:

shishito peppers!
green beans
herbs: oregano, parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, thyme, sage, mint

During this pandemic season, please: bring your own scissors, containers & water; no sampling; wash your hands & wear masks; and keep your kiddos close!

Flowers grown on Next Barn Over’s land by Rebecca Maillet and her team at Many Graces, for sale at the share barn during pickup.

Ideas & Recipes

Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Lemon Collard Greens Pasta

Crisped Chickpeas with Zucchini, Herbs and Garlic Yogurt

Fattoush Salad with Eggplant


Food for Thought…

Have you checked out the amazing Ask a Sista Farmer?
It is a free weekly online show to support people who want to grow their own food and medicine for self-reliance and community resilience. Every Friday at 4pm ET, experienced Black womxn farmers answer audience call-in questions about gardening, livestock, agroforestry, plant medicine, and food preservation.

And it’s pepper season!