June 28, 2019 HBI Advisors Tour Fowler Clark Epstein Farm and Review Plans for 50 Cedar Street
The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan and St. James African Orthodox Church in Roxbury were the focus of HBI’s Council of Advisors’ Spring Gathering this year. Forty-two advisors, board members, and HBI friends attended a bus tour to Mattapan and enjoyed a private tour of the rehabilitated farm with Patricia Spence, Executive Director of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston.
The Advisors visited the farm last in 2016, long before work on the 18th century farm complex began. The Advisor’s Chair, Brian Swett marveled at the changes, “What a difference a few years and HBI’s touch make in the transformation of a place. In 2016, we saw behind the scenes before rehabilitation. But the fully-functioning urban farm makes it clear how meaningful our work is to the communities surrounding our projects.”
In addition to their tour of the farm’s house, barn and planting beds, the Advisors engaged in a lively conversation about HBI’s emerging re-use plans for the former St. James African Orthodox Church in Roxbury with HBI staff and project architect Scott Thomson from Hacin+Associates.
A reception preceding the program included catering services by Jamaica Mi Hungry, a local catering company who use fresh produce from UFI’s farms around the city. Haley House supplied sweet treats to end the evening.
Thank you to our advisors and board for all you do to support Historic Boston!