What is the Montclair Community Farms? 

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Mission

The Montclair Community Farms serve as hands-on resources that engage and educate the community and youth farmers in urban farming, sustainable agriculture, affordable food access, and healthy food and lifestyle choices. 

In addition to the Orange Road location, the Miller Street farm on HomeCorp property is flourishing and grows many different fruits and vegetables. We have smaller satellite farms located at schools and other sites throughout Montclair.

The Montclair Community Farms Coalition* is a collaborative network of organizations committed to furthering the mission of the Montclair Community Farms. *HOMECorp, Montclair Department of Health and Human Services, Montclair History Center, Montclair State University, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County: Essex 4-H and Master Gardeners, and Montclair DIGS. 

History

Montclair Community Farms was formed in 2011 by Home Corps, United Way and the Montclair Health Department of Health and Human Services as a program to offer youth the opportunity to grow and sell vegetables and to increase access to affordable fresh produce in local neighborhoods. The project expanded in 2012 to include Montclair State University (MSU) and Essex 4-H (4-H), adding greater educational and service learning components to the project. In the fall of 2012, Montclair History Center (MHC) and the Rutgers Master Gardeners joined the coalition increasing the food production and farming capacity. In 2013, this partnership of organizations formed the Montclair Community Farms Coalition (MCFC) to serve as the advisory of the Montclair Community Farms project.  Since then MCF expanded efforts to provide healthy foods to the senior residents in Montclair through the introduction of our mobile farm stand project in 2016. During this time, MCF provided over 4000 lbs of fresh produce to our senior population and underserved community residents. In 2016, our coalition expanded to include the District Initiative for Gardening in Schools (DIGS) and the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee (SCA) allowing for increased food production, greater family involvement and a senior voice to the project planning.  At the end of 2016 we were successful in meeting our infrastructure goals to manage a greater quantity of food including a green house, refrigeration and a mobile market. Our goal for our 7th growing season is to better understand and serve the food needs of underserved populations and continue to expand the number of sites our mobile stand serves in the community.