This posting was written by Erica Letson and Michele Kaufman, Americorps VISTAs working on Urban Agriculture in the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives. Follow the Office on twitter (@bosfood), Facebook and Tumblr.

Where in Boston can you find 51 egg-laying hens? At Serving Ourselves farm on Long Island (the one iOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAn Boston Harbor – not the one in NY).

Our featured farmer of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe week – Catalina Lopez-Ospina, manager at Serving Ourselves – has had the pleasure of tending to these chickens for the past couple years. Catalina started working at the farm because she loves the mission – providing farm training, while growing food for the Serving Ourselves shelter and for low-income communities in Boston. In fact, 60% of the farm’s produce goes right back to the Long Island Shelter’s kitchen and 32% is sold to EBT/WIC recipients.

The farm was started in 1996, under the guidance of Mayor Menino. Working alongside the Boston Public Health Commission, what started as a small patch of vegetables has since expanded into OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2.5 acres of diversified urban agriculture.

Catalina hopes that potential urban farmers, who may be scared to start a farm, will use Serving Ourselves as a starting point.

 

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