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Community Engagement, Giving Back

Partnerships Benefit Our Students

On Sunday, February 4, Mount Ida College hosted a reception to celebrate the creation of an Executive Director position at Newton Community Farm. The new role will oversee a growing portfolio of products and outreach from the Farm, which the College has partnered with for two years through its Center for Community Engagement.

The event was attended by members of the College community and Farm board members and patrons, as well as Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and City Councilor Cheryl Lapin. Guests were treated to a range of hors d’oeuvres that were largely crafted from the Farm’s produce.

February 4, 2018 — Newton Community Farm meeting in Shaw Hall, with special guest Newton mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Photographed for Mount Ida College by Caitlin Cunningham (www.caitlincunningham.com).

The Farm has a storied history with deep ties to the College, as the patriarch of the Angino family that sold the Farm to the city in 2005 worked on the Shaw family estate, which is now Mount Ida’s campus. That tie continues today through our partnership and through our students, who work at the Farm as interns and volunteers that help with operations, which enhance their service-learning classroom experience.

Today the Farm’s mission is multifaceted. Through its staff and board of directors, the Newton Community Farm strives to provide locally-grown produce through its Community Supported Agriculture program from its farm stand, Newton Farmers’ Markets, and through donations to local food pantries; to 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 farm hours; to preserve Newton’s last working farm as a historic site and valuable open space: to connect gardening enthusiasts through events and networking opportunities; and to donate a portion of the food grown to people in need through local organizations including the Newton Food Pantry, Second Step, and Boston Area Gleaners.

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