Easton Urban Farm
Cultivating healthy community through urban farming
All too frequently, low-income families run out of money before they are able to buy food, largely due to high rents and low wages. In conjunction with The Neighborhood Center’s Food Pantry and Lafayette College’s Vegetables In the Community program, hundreds of families gain access to fresh produce grown on the Easton Urban Farm. The Neighborhood Center is located in a small city park and uses over half-an-acre for the Farm. In 2019, there were over 6,400 pounds of produce harvested, and the Farm hopes to exceed that number in 2020. A master gardener leads the effort, assisted by dozens of volunteers. The partnership with Lafayette College enables the Farm to also serve the City’s West Ward. That effort is partially supported by Lafayette College’s LaFarm and an employee-managed garden at Crayola.
Our 2019 Season Recap shows why 2019 was a banner year at the farm and the 2020 Season should be even greater.
Not only is the Farm a source of produce, it also serves as an educational program for people interested in gardening, suitable for replication in any setting ranging from bucket gardens to backyard gardens to community gardens. In the future, the organization intends to build on the success of the Farm and the Food Pantry to establish The Neighborhood Center as a gathering place, where neighbors come to learn and socialize. The organization is also pursuing grants to add senior citizens, youth and intergenerational gardening programs.
The farm's success has been built on a strong network of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups exist. If interested in volunteering at the farm, please our volunteer coordinator Brenda Havens.