Feeding local families.
Everyone deserves fresh, healthy food, yet food pantries are routinely stocked with unhealthy options. The F2FP program at Holly Hill Farm aims to change that via teen volunteers who plant, grow and deliver organic vegetables and herbs to local food pantries. Last year, we donated over 1,500 lbs of produce to these pantries!
The program enables students to fulfill school-mandated community service hours with hands-on work on the farm. Volunteers participate in every aspect of the project, from seed to harvest.
High school students participate during the growing season, starting with building beds and planting seeds in the Spring straight through to harvesting and putting the gardens to bed in Fall. They tend gardens at the farm and at community 'food pantry gardens.' Activities include planting, composting, cultivating, harvesting, cleaning and prepping vegetables, and finally, delivering the organic produce to three grateful food pantries.
Volunteers participate one to two times weekly in the Spring and Fall, and then intern for a one-week session in the Summer.
Fee schedule: To help offset the costs of this program, we ask for a donation, with the amount set at the family's discretion. We suggest a donation from $50 to $250 per student participating.
Info: Contact Jonny Belber at
email@example.com or call 781-383-6565.
Caring for conservation land.
Holly Hill Farm is located on privately-owned, stunning conservation land. This land is not owned by the farm, but has been placed into a conservation trust by the White family. It features diverse habitat for migrating songbirds, hawks and owls, grey and red foxes, fisher cats, and other wildlife.
This land is also home to one of the South Shore's best remaining stands of spring ephemeral wildflowers and other native plants that are disappearing elsewhere in our region. Teens involved in this program help to remove invasive plants that threaten our land and the wildlife that depend upon it, and to aid in the reintroduction of native plants.
They work in a completely hands-on way to help increase biodiversity in this important refuge.It's hard work, but extremely important and fulfilling especially given the pace of development in our region in recent years. Projects include helping to clear invasive species from the land, planting native plants and using citizen science apps to help protect wildlife, birds and insects.
Fee schedule: To help offset the costs of this program, we ask for a donation, with the amount set at the family's discretion.
We suggest a donation from $50 to $250 per student participating.
Info? Contact Jasmin Callahan at
Jasmin@HollyHillFarm.org or call 781-383-6565.