Cultivating for Community (CFC) is the Food Bank Farm’s one acre, 130-bed, regenerative farming and education initiative. The farmland is a part of our 2nd Food Bank Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Learn more about the Food Bank’s two Hadley farms >

The mission of CFC is to educate volunteers and students on nutrition, the local food economy and food insecurity, create equity in the food system through farm leasing opportunities, and practice regenerative farming methods such as no-till farming, plant diversity and companion planting. The harvested produce will be donated to the Food Bank’s member food pantries and meal sites. Volunteering with Cultivating for Community is one way you can help us work to end hunger in Western Massachusetts.

Volunteer on the Farm

From regular volunteering hours to special events such as Family Farm Days, the Cultivating for Community initiative has opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer on a one-time or regular basis.

To sign-up, please visit the main volunteer page, where you can view the schedule of available opportunities and Food Bank volunteer orientation and policies.

If you have further questions, please contact Alex Santiago at alexs@foodbankwma.org.

Family Farm Days

The Food Bank Farm and Kestrel Land Trust will be hosting Family Farm Days throughout the growing season! Families will learn about regenerative farming practices and The Food Bank’s to mission feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Volunteer activities include planting seedlings, maintaining farm beds, harvesting, and taking a nature walk on our 142 acre farm in Hadley.

Family Farm Days will take place from 10am-12pm on the following 2024 dates:

  • April 20th
  • May 4th
  • June 15th
  • July 20th

Please email Amanda Reynolds at amandar@foodbankwma.org to register your family.

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