Dedham Savings Community Foundation Supports Newton Community Farm
The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated $2,891 to Newton Community Farm (NCF). This grant will be used to install deer fencing around the three-acre primary farm site. This fencing will allow the Farm to expand production from its current one acre to three acres. This expansion will mean increased produce sales, more educational space, and an increase in the amount of food grown for food donation programs. Hundreds of families each year access fresh produce through NCF, and COVID-19 has had a significant impact on local families accessing food pantry programs.
ABOUT NEWTON COMMUNITY FARM
The mission of Newton Community Farm is to nurture a community that teaches and models sustainable agricultural and environmental practices on the historic Angino Farm. NCF works to increase access to fresh, quality, and healthy produce for people in Newton by providing locally grown produce through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, farm stand, Newton Farmers’ Markets, and donations to local food pantries, such as the Newton Food Pantry, The Second Step, and Boston Area Gleaners. As a community partner, they also educate the public about sustainable practices for agriculture, land use, and stewardship of other natural resources through hands-on classes, workshops, internships, and drop-in hours.
ABOUT DEDHAM SAVINGS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Dedham Savings Community Foundation is a privately funded foundation created by Dedham Savings in 2000 to provide financial support to charitable organizations that serve disadvantaged populations within the Bank’s community reinvestment area. These communities include Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood and contiguous areas. Typical requests are received from schools, libraries, family service organizations and non-profit organizations. The Trustees of the Foundation accept grant requests from community organizations and make awards twice per year.