Start with a seed. End with a meal.
The Seed to Table program exemplifies Mass Hort’s commitment to education for the public good. Since 2011, we have provided education and hands on experience with the cultivation and use of food and beverage plants. Working to educate all levels, we encourage intergenerational exploration of our food heritage in our many Seed to Table teaching spaces throughout The Gardens at Elm Bank.
To further promote the joy of growing and cooking vegetables and herbs, we forged a partnership with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in 2013. Through this, we helped install a community garden in downtown Boston. Today thousands of people who pass by their research center can witness food production, and all of the produce is donated to the St. Francis House. This partnership also works to present The Talk and Taste lecture series that pairs an HNRCA scientist, Mass Hort horticulturist and local chef to educate on plant and nutrition science and cooking.
Beyond education, the Seed to Table program works to address issues of food access in our community and provides a model for other communities to do the same. From our Seed to Table vegetable garden, we send semiweekly donations of fresh organic produce to the Wellesley Food Pantry and Natick Service Council food distribution center. We are proud of the results extending from the enormous amount of work that is poured into this endeavor. Many thanks to our dedicated Master Gardeners that make this happen from June through October. In 2016, with new cultivation practices, we plan to extend our food pantry harvests from April through late November!
Support a Food Pantry
We are pleased to support food pantries in providing healthy and nutritious vegetables to local families. Last year, our Dover garden produced nearly 4,000 pounds of organic produce to help families in need through the Natick & Wellesley Food Pantries.
We also recently embarked on an exciting partnership with the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Together, we created an organic garden in their sun-filled lobby, and are donating the vegetables grown there to the St. Francis House in Boston.
Grow Your Own Food
Everyone from Michelle Obama to the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that fruits and vegetables play a crucial role in improving our health. Our Garden to Table program provides hands-on educational programs to support people who are interested in growing their own food.
Photos by Jennifer Owen
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