Educating and engaging the community through
farm, food, and health.
The Montclair Community Farms (MCF) provides a ready platform for engagement for Montclair State faculty and students who have teaching, learning and research interests in sustainability, health and nutrition ecology, urban planning, education, etc. Bryan Murdock, Associate Vice President of Community Partnerships at Montclair, estimates that more than 500 students have volunteered at the farm over the past five years. “They assist with all aspects of maintaining the farm – including planting, weeding, fence maintenance, feeding and watering the chickens, spreading wood chips, harvesting the crops, and preparing them for sale on the farm’s mobile produce stand."
What is Montclair Community Farms?
MCF is a local nonprofit. Their mission is to serve as a local hands-on resource that engages and educates the community through urban farming, affordable food access and healthy living. At the heart of MCF are its Coalition, several part-time staff, partners and dedicated volunteers. The core of the Coalition has remained relatively consistent and includes Montclair State University (MSU), HOMECorp, Montclair Health Department, Montclair History Center (MHC), Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County (Essex County 4-H and Master Gardeners), and Montclair DIGS/Montclair Fund for Education and Excellence (MFEE).
According to Bryan Murdock, Associate Vice President of Community Partnerships, Center for Community Engagement, "The farm’s success in increasing community access to affordable and healthy food is remarkable for an operation its size. Its mobile farm stand truck brings fresh, affordable organic produce to local seniors and community members with limited access to healthy fresh foods. It’s like having a farmers market delivered to your doorstep – and is reminiscent of a time when local farmers drove through Montclair neighborhoods selling their produce door-to-door.”
How can I help?
Make your gift today to support MCF initiatives. Your support this June will help the continued growth of Montclair Community Farms with their work in affordable food access and healthy living as well as provide a current and future engagement resource for our students and faculty.
Learn more: https://www.montclaircommunityfarms.org/