Montclair Community Farms

Montclair Community Farms is eligible for up to $10,000 in matching grants from the Partners for Health Foundation!

Donate Now to Win a Free Week of Farm Camp! Donate $50 or more and be entered to win a free week of farm camp for your child, camp weeks range for ages 4-11. Offer valid through November 17 only! Your donation of $50 or more -- made between now and December 31, 2017 -- will be matched $1 to $1 by Partners for Health as part of its campaign to Fight Hunger and Homelessness.. Note your contribution will be made through PayPal to Partners for Health, but tracked to Montclair Community Farms. This will be confirmed in the donation receipt you will receive from PayPal.. Checks of $50 or more that are payable to Partners for Health and received byMontclair Community Farms by December 31, 2017 are also eligible for these matching funds. All donations support the ongoing efforts and mission of Montclair Community Farms.

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.NewArk Farms, 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.

Mobile Farm Stand in Action

Mobile Farm Stand in Action

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; Crane Park Market, Montclair.Center BID.

Pop up stands to the general public will be available July through October, check our website for dates and times.

Give-A-Buck for the Truck Campaign

Funding for the Montclair Community Farm comes primarily from the US Department of Agriculture, Partners for Health Foundation, and individual donations.  Because the $21,000 needed for the mobile farm stand truck is outside the scope of the grants, the MCF is appealing to the public for support. Please send a check to Montclair Community Farms at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042, or donate to our Give-A-Buck For the Truck Campaign and read more about our mission and goals. 

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 Saturday or Sunday. For more information on our farms, available produce, and getting involved, contact our Farm Coordinator, Angelica Diggs at montclaircommunityfarms@gmail.com or 973-744-1796.

Master Gardener Chrystine Gaffney with Urban Youth Famers

Master Gardener Chrystine Gaffney with Urban Youth Famers

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. In 2017, MCF through its mobile farm stand has continued to expand the number of sites served in the community.