For Immediate Release
June 10, 2010
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined Victory Programs in celebrating their first Urban Agriculture Project farm stand that will provide the Dorchester and Mattapan communities with locally grown, healthy and affordable produce this summer. Proceeds from the stand will help support Victory Programs’ ReVision Home, a shelter for homeless women and their children located in Dorchester’s Franklin Field neighborhood. The farm stand, located on a City-owned parcel at 1062 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester, will open for business in July.
“By offering fresh produce grown right in the neighborhood, this new farm stand will make healthy food options available to everyone in the community,” said Mayor Menino. “Victory’s programs have helped hundreds of homeless women and their children make healthy choices while moving to housing stability and independence. Now, this organization is helping to close the gap on health disparities while increasing access to affordable, nutritious, locally grown produce for families living in our neighborhoods.”
The farm stand will offer a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit at affordable prices throughout the growing season, and will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Victory will offer a 50% discount to residents using EBT cards to make SNAP purchases, made possible by Boston’s Bounty Bucks, a program that is co-sponsored by the Food Project and the City of Boston’ Emergency Shelter Commission.
Mayor Menino said the farm stand is the latest effort by the City and its community partners to encourage the availability of locally grown fresh produce in communities that may traditionally have limited access to healthy food options. The 4,500 square-foot site from which the farm stand will operate is owned by the City of Boston and has been temporarily licensed to Victory Programs after having been vacant since 1998 when it came into the Department of Neighborhood Development property inventory through tax-title foreclosure.
“I cannot imagine a more exciting or more important way to celebrate Victory Programs’ 35th anniversary year than opening this fantastic new farm stand for our Boston neighbors,” says Executive Director Jonathan Scott. “Sharing the locally grown healthy produce from our farm stand right on Blue Hill Avenue will bring the whole community closer together.”
Victory opened their ReVision Urban Farm at 38 Fabyan Street in Dorchester in 1993 as an innovative agriculture and aquaculture project aiming to increase access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food for shelter residents and community members. During the growing season, the farm distributes enough food to provide more than 1,200 people with their recommended five servings of fresh vegetables and fruit daily.
In addition to providing fresh produce, the farm operates a job-readiness program that is available to shelter residents as well as others seeking training. Staffed by two farmers, a seasonal grower, and several interns, ReVision Urban Farm has welcomed thousands of volunteers over the years and provides hands-on educational experiences to more than 300 youth annually.
Victory Programs is a Boston-based non-profit organization established in 1975 that provides housing and direct care services to individuals and families through 18 unique housing and treatment programs in 20 properties located throughout Boston and in Cambridge.