Montclair Community Farms
With the generosity of the community and support of the holiday matching grants program of Partners for Health Foundation, Montclair Community Farms was able to raise over $20,000 this winter. These funds will support community food access and launching a greenhouse program. To learn more about the organizations Partners for Health Foundation supports as part of their matching grants program, down the press release.
Connecting with our Agricultural Heritage
The Montclair History Center is proud to partner with the Montclair Community Farms Coalition. Working together, we maintain a thriving microfarm on our Orange Road site, complete with chickens. The Montclair Community Farms is generously funded through the USDA and Partners for Health. MCF works in partnership with Montclair Food Co-op & CSA. MAC Gardens at Sunset Vista Farms, Market Taverne of Morristown, and Vital Dining of Montclair.
Using modern farming techniques, we connect others with our agricultural heritage and our ancestors who spent their days working their farms. This farm helps us recall a period in our town’s history when farms were the main “industry” and lived close to the land.
With generous funding from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network grant,
the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services, HOMECorp, and Montclair Community Farms will be sponsoring a series of free workshops throughout the year.
Download the flyer to sign up!
Where Does the Produce Go?
Using a mobile farm stand, the Montclair Community Farm travels to local affordable housing communities to sell produce at reasonable prices. We currently serves Pine Ridge, Montclair; First Montclair House, Montclair; The Senior Center at Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair; Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, Verona; Cedar Ridge Senior Housing, Cedar Grove; and Woodland Avenue in partnership with HOMEcorp.
What is the Montclair Community Farms?
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.
How Can I Get Involved?
We welcome volunteers from the community during the growing and harvesting seasons. You may come individually on one of our Plant It Forward service days on Saturdays For more information on our farms, available produce, and getting involved, contact our Farm Coordinator, Angelica Diggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-744-1796.
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. In 2017, MCF through its mobile farm stand has continued to expand the number of sites served in the community.