Everyone deserves fresh, healthy food, yet food pantries that serve the South Shore of Boston are routinely stocked with very 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 three food pantries in Cohasset, Hull and Quincy, MA.
The program enables students to fulfill their school-mandated community service hours with wholesome, hands-on work on the farm. The teen volunteers are able to participate in feeding some of the more vulnerable members of their community, participating in every aspect of the project, from seed to harvest.
High school students who join the program 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. Participants tend gardens at 'food pantry gardens' at Holly Hill Farm and at Wellspring, a community center in Hull which provides food and services to those facing hardship. The teens activities include planting, composting, cultivating, harvesting, cleaning and prepping vegetables, and finally, delivering the organic produce to three grateful food pantries.
Teens receive community service credits for volunteer participation in the program which runs from March through December.
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 $30 to $250 per student participating.
More? Contact Jonny Belber
JBelberHollyHill@hotmail.com or call 781-383-6565.