June 17, 2016 HBI’s Council of Advisors Dig In at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm
HBI’s Council of Advisors gathered for its annual meeting on June 15th, this year at Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. Thirty-eight Advisors and Board members traveled to Mattapan by coach from downtown Boston and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the 18th century farm and 19th century barn.
This trip was also an opportunity to learn about Boston’s burgeoning urban farming movement through an introduction to the work of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI), HBI’s partner on the development of the farm. Glynn Lloyd, one of UFI’s founders and board member, and Barbara Knecht, UFI’s project director for farm sites, oriented HBI’s advisors to the chief challenges and priorities for urban farming in Boston, and discussed how UFI’s occupancy of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm will strengthen the organization and its mission.
Advisors enjoyed a self-guided walk through the Farm’s house and barn, and circulated the entire property to learn about some of the Epstein family’s interesting installations of historic objects in the buildings and around the landscape. UFI’s Executive Director Patricia Spence and the organization’s chief farmer Bobby Walker, were on hand to greet visitors and talk about UFI’s current growing season and farmer training session.
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