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THE WENDELL LOCAL FOOD SECURITY PROJECT

The Wendell Local Food Security Project is an initiative launched by the Town of Wendell, Massachusetts to increase the community’s food security by bolstering local production. We are a neighbor-to-neighbor network, providing support for new gardeners and collaboration for established operations, promoting the elements of a local economy around food. Get in touch at .

WHAT WE DO:

Support gardeners and farmers by helping establish:

• Workshops and events about food production

• Labor shares, work parties

• Mentorship connections

• Cooperative purchasing

• Shared infrastructure

• Materials recycling

• Yearly seed-swap and seed banking

• Demonstration gardens at the Community Garden

…plus we’re promoting local food to local consumers, and creating a buzz about it.

WHO WE ARE:

If you are a member of the community who grows food, prepares food, or eats food, you are a member of the Wendell Local Food Project. Every member of the community fills a unique role in the local foodshed, and can play a unique role in strengthening it. Leverage the support of your community to make your farm or garden dream a� reality. Volunteer for the cause using your skills as an artist, an educator, an organizer, a writer, a builder, or a visionary. Email for a list of open volunteer positions, or to suggest a role for yourself.

The Wendell Local Food Project is always seeking skilled, energetic interns willing to learn more about food production and food systems. Work to develop the organization or apprentice with our many highly-skilled farmers and gardeners.�

Wendell’s New Gardeners’ Ambassador, Nina Keller is a writer, activist, “chicken-lady,” herbalist, seed saver, perennials and grain grower and botanist. She works with greenhouse starts and overwintered greens. She’s offered to share her 40+ years of local farming experience and help people with farm and garden related interests. Contact her with your questions at 978 544-2857 or .

LINKS:

Wendell Energy Committee

Wendell Community Garden Committee

Wendell Open Space Committee

Wendell Agricultural Commission

Good Neighbors Food Pantry

Local Foods Business Profiles - Coming Soon!

Garden Profiles - Coming Soon!

 

FOR GARDENERS:

Wendell’s New Gardeners’ Ambassador:  Nina Keller is a writer, activist, “chicken-lady,” herbalist, seed saver, perennials and grain grower and botanist. She works with greenhouse starts and overwintered greens. She’s offered to share her 40+ years of local farming experience and help people with farm and garden related interests. Contact her with your questions at 978 544-2857 or

New Gardeners’ Brochure (PDF, 440 KB)

Getting Help Around the Homestead (PDF, 385 KB)

Find out what’s growing in Wendell: link to farm/ garden profiles - Coming Soon!

Local Food Events

No events

STARTING AND SUSTAINING YOUR LOCAL FOOD BUSINESS:

Are you daydreaming about your garden at the office? Are your kids’ friends coming over just so they can eat your special recipe cooking? Do you think it’s high time your pet goats start earning their keep? Are you passionate about sustainably using the land to nourish others, promote health and wellness, and increase the beauty of our surroundings? Support your local ecosystem and economy! Start a Local Foods Business!

Wendell is a community that supports its farmers! Meet your advocates (link to Wendell Local Food Coordinator Page coming soon!)

Micro-Entrepreneurs: Looking to make a little extra income, but not ready to quit your day job? Band together with other hobbyists! Sell produce from your garden on consignment at the Wendell Farmers’ Market. Vend produce through Roots, Fruits and Greens growers’ collective. Learn more by emailing .

Business Planning, Development, and Logistical Support: Growing the perfect tomato is only half the battle to getting it on the market. One of the main reasons why small businesses fail is inadequate planning. The following organizations are here to help you navigate the world of business—from one-on-one business plan counseling to economic statistics on rare agricultural products, all the tools you need to develop a successful business plan!

Franklin County Community Development Corporation: Provides new business counseling, inexpensive office space, access to a certified commercial kitchen and more!
http://www.fccdc.org/

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, Resources for Beginning Farmers:
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/local_food/startup.html

Growing Local through CISA: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture:
http://www.buylocalfood.com/page.php?id=3&PHPSESSID=bgwqkjajgozltcl

New England Small Farm Institute:
http://smallfarm.org/

Northeast Organic Farming Association:
http://www.nofamass.org/

Finding Land and Capital

PV Grows Loan Fund link (Local, Low-interest business loans from CISA):
http://www.buylocalfood.com/page.php?id=325&PHPSESSID=bgwqkjajgozltcl

Funding Opportunities for New Farmers:
http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=2&tax_level=2&tax_subject=301&topic_id=1445

Wendell Land Link coming soon!