There are 2,600 vacant lots scattered throughout Boston-and they've got potential. The Trust for Public Land is working to transform unused, city-owned land into neighborhood farms that will create new job opportunities and provide residents with locally grown, nutritious produce.
In July 2014, we got the go-ahead to acquire two vacant lots in Roxbury for what will become the first urban farm allowed under the new “right-to-farm” ordinance. The Garrison-Trotter Farm is one of a dozen planned through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, the City of Boston, City Growers LLC, the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, and Dudley Neighbors Inc. This partnership, part of our statewide Community Agriculture program, will invest $1 million in Boston neighborhood farms over the next three years.
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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.