Urban Farm in Massachusetts Neighborhood

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Small farmers sell produce at farmers' markets.

Faced with the challenge of land access in a Massachusetts suburban environment, Kate Canney formed the idea to use private yards within the community to start a farm. The idea has since sprouted into The Neighborhood Farm — nearly four acres of gardens spread among seven different spaces dedicated to growing produce that Kate sells at local farmers’ markets.

People who allow Kate to grow produce on their private land receive vegetables in return. She looks for the best mix of crops to grow in each garden site, and she rotates crops from garden to garden each year. People can go in their own garden and harvest what they want, in addition to receiving a credit with The Neighborhood Farm at farmers’ markets.