Community Farm Pilot Program
One in five residents in the city of Lynn is food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as not having access to enough healthy, affordable food. The Community Farm Program was born out of the clear inequities of divergent populations when hit by a catastrophic situation. The poverty rate in Lynn is 18.2%, meaning one out of every 5.5 residents of Lynn lives in poverty.
The Community Farm Pilot Program will take the first steps in directly combating Lynn’s food insecurity, as well as offer fresh and healthy alternatives that have become more expensive, and scarce, during the Pandemic.
Salem Hospital and the North Shore Physicians Group will embark on the Community Farm Pilot Program this calendar year on the site of the former Union Hospital. With assistance from Lynn Grows, we will construct the farm beds and plant crops in time for harvest in the spring of 2022.
We believe the farm will become a place for the community to gather, grow nourishing food under the guidance of our nutritionists and farm managers and that this locally grown food will be available to the community at large.
Sponsoring the 2021 Annual Salem Hospital Golf Classic will provide the funds needed for materials, farm tending and management, crop planning and ongoing administrative support.