(Image courtesy ReVision Urban Farms )
Victory Program’s ReVision Urban Farms was recently named one of the organizations to lead a city initiative to create more opportunities for urban farming in the city.
The non-profit group currently has an urban farm located on Fabyan Street and a farm-stand on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to develop the vacant lot on Tucker Street into a fertile and lush vegetable garden. This new land for agriculture will ensure that our community of neighbors and friends in Dorchester will always have direct access to healthy food, grown locally, and sold at affordable costs," Jonathan Scott, president of Victory Programs, said in a statement.
The city's Department of Neighborhood is hearing the urban agriculture program.
The program's new location at an 18,000-square-foot lot on Tucker Street in Dorchester was approved by the Boston Zoning Commission in November for development by Victory Programs and the group has already begun readying the property for planting.
"We also have the added, benefit of increasing volunteer opportunities, especially in the summer for Dorchester youth. There are dozens of new ways this small farm will give back locally to the Tucker Street and the surrounding community," said Scott in a statement.
To increase community involvement in the process Victory Programs, according to a release from the group, has established the "Tucker Street Community Advisory Board", made up of staff and community residents, to better address concerns from neighbors.
Since 2005 Victory Program’s ReVision Urban Farm has produced locally grown, organic produce at it half-acre Fabyan Street location.