Our subsidized Farm Share program brings low-cost vegetable shares to low-income neighborhoods in New Bedford. It gives participants weekly delivery of produce with flexible payment options and cooking education.
That's a wrap on our 2018 season! Thanks to Ashley's Produce for supplying our farm share this year, and to our farm share participants for supporting local!
Check back later in the new year for details on our 2019 season.
**Funding for this project is graciously funded by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation**
Funded by a grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Subsidized Farm Share program was started in 2016. A partnership between Coastal Foodshed (previously operated by Mass in Motion New Bedford), New Bedford Housing, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Ashley’s Produce at Round the Bend Farm, and Apponagansett Farm, this project aims to bring fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables directly to under-served individuals and families living in public housing. Because reliable and affordable transportation is often a barrier for so many under-served individuals and families living in New Bedford, this project’s main goal is to remove the transportation barrier, bringing the farmer directly to the residents’ doorstep. This program also allows participants to use their SNAP benefits to pay for their share at the beginning of each month. DTA has created a system – used by many other similar projects – where they automatically deduct the payment at the beginning of each month, which allows low-income individuals to use their SNAP benefits to pay and provides participants with guaranteed fresh produce throughout the entire month – even if they run out of SNAP dollars before the end of the month.