Green City Growers and our friends at B.GOOD have been growing fresh vegetables and herbs together since 2009. After starting with a rooftop growing system in kiddie pools, then in raised beds and indoor systems, it made sense to grow together with a full-scale production farm - Hannah Farm!
The System We Created
Located on the site of a previously productive agricultural space, Hannah Farm is a ¾ acre in-ground farm, complete with greenhouses, produce washing and packing stations. Green City Growers supported a comprehensive renovation of the farm and continues to work alongside B.GOOD on farm maintenance. Initial estimates anticipate an annual yield of more than 9,000 of organic produce, including zucchini, green beans, kale, bok choy, radishes, cucumbers, and basil.
Where Does the Food Go?
For the first two growing seasons, more than 75 percent of all crop yield will be donated to Camp Harbor View, the on-island summer camp that serves at-risk youth where Green City Growers is already running programming, as well as Fair Foods. The produce will also be used for weekly educational opportunities and community events. The rest of the produce will be distributed into the supply chain for B.GOOD's 31 locations.
The farm is a partnership between b.good, the Boston Public Health Commission, Camp Harbor View, and Green City Growers. B.GOOD hopes to further involve the local community in the day-to-day maintenance of Hannah Farm through regular volunteer opportunities.