said Karen Lee who first came to Montclair Community Farms in 2013 when the farm site at the Montclair History Center property was still in its infancy.
I discovered Montclair Community Farms as a Montclair State University graduate student. I was conducting background research to find studies that involved gardens, farms, locally grown foods and children. My research investigation started in Oregon and traveled across the country as I found a small newspaper article about Montclair Community Farms, right in my “backyard”. This discovery led me to meet Montclair Community Farms coalition members and to find a place to develop my nutritional education program and subsequently conduct research for my masters degree in nutrition education and food science.”
After Karen finished her coursework, she then became the Project Coordinator for Montclair Community Farms, expanding the engagement and education initiatives of the farms.
Upon graduation, my continued interest in promoting local foods and the local food economy led me to an opportunity to have my own restaurant, a place for me to continue to influence and shape food choices. At Market Taverne, we actively seek to partner with local food producers and vendors to source foods and products to use in our restaurant.
After Karen opened Market Taverne, she remained a connected community member to the farm and found ways to allow the farm stand to generate more income. One of the most popular selling items in the stand is the house-made granola by Chef Richard Huarte of Market Taverne.
Creating local community partnerships at both the for-profit and non-profit level are very important to reconnecting families with health, promoting locally grown foods and a healthy food environment. Supporting Montclair Community Farms, and their ongoing mission, provides a special opportunity to help families get back to the roots of healthy food and lifestyles, one carrot at a time.
Partnerships with businesses like Market Taverne allow the mobile stand to offer healthy value added products to our customers at an affordable price while generating income to offset maintenance costs for the farms.
Montclair Community Farms depends on the support of community members to make our mobile stand possible From now until December 31, every dollar you donate to the Montclair Community Farms will be matched 1:1 by Partners for Health. Montclair Community Farms is only possible thanks to the support of the community and our generous donors. Your $25 donation helps feed our happy brood of chickens. A $50 donation helps us expand the varieties of produce we grow on the farm. A $100 donation supports better irrigation and compost systems. A $250 donation allows our staff to connect more often with volunteers. And a $500 donation helps bring our mobile stand to even more food pantries and seniors.