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Boston Urban Farm that once benefited the homeless now run by fast-food chain

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A tractor and greenhouse are pictured on the farm. Photo Timothy Tai For The Boston Globe.

Before it was abandoned, when hundreds of homeless people, addicts, and troubled teens slept there every night, the island in Boston Harbor had a thriving farm that produced thousands of pounds of organically grown vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, and more.

By David Abel
Boston GLOBE
JULY 25, 2016

Excerpt:

Company officials also said they intend to grow the produce most used at their restaurants — some 40,000 pounds of kale, beets, cabbage, and other vegetables — rather than basing their choice of crops on the community’s needs.

“It’s heartbreaking what’s happening,” said Elissa Nabozny, a former volunteer on the farm.

Nabozny said she doesn’t understand why the city didn’t allow its employees, or a nonprofit group devoted to the homeless, to use the 2.5 acres of farmland. The farm used to be run by Serving Ourselves, a city job-training program for the homeless that focused on agriculture.

Among those potentially interested in the farm is ReVision Urban Farm in Dorchester, part of one of the recovery centers that lost its program on Long Island two years ago.

“It’s a shame that the homeless population will no longer have access to the produce and the job-training programs at the farm,” said Shani Fletcher, who manages the farm. “That’s really a big loss.”

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