Meet the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation!

As we begin our last month of Winter Mobile Farmers Markets, and enter our full Farmers Market season, we would like to introduce you to our lead Mobile Farmers Market sponsor, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities they serve. Created in 1980, the Foundation provides the tools, training, and leadership to help build healthy communities by supporting programs that provide access to fresh, healthy food; improve the health of communities impacted by health disparities; and support their employees as they invest their time and talents


We are excited to welcome Ajayi Harris (Pictured on the left) to our REC team as our Development Director! Ajayi graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1996 with a degree in Political Science. Ajayi was a big campus activist and was organizing for cleaner air, toxic waste removal, fighting hunger and homelessness, and voter registration for college students. He went on to direct door to door, street, and phone fundraising canvass offices for national and state advocacy programs. For the last 7 years, Ajayi has been working in development at WPI and Lesley University. Ajayi decided it was time to get back into environmental work and became interested in working with the REC.

"It was the best kale I've ever had!"

In the Fall of 2016, construction began on a high tunnel at our YouthGROW Urban Farm (16 Oread St). This high tunnel opened up an entire season of possibilities by providing the ability to grow through the winter. Bettny Mazur, our Farm Manager, is especially excited about the expanded capabilities of the farm: "It has been the biggest dream of YouthGROW - to grow all year long - and now we finally have the space to do it! YouthGROWers, volunteers, and kids get to play in the dirt all year long in a space that feels like a tropical rainforest. It's awesome!" Our first planting in October 2017 included a variety of greens. Once it was time to harvest, we were able to supply up to 50 bags of g


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